Oops: Pentagon loses track of $500 million in arms in Yemen

At a time when our debt is soaring, you’d think fiscal responsibility would have a preeminent position in the psyche of the federal government. Furthermore, you’d presume maintaining control of aid and arms supplies in the Middle East would be of highest concern. I’ve seen several photos of ISIS fighters with M4 Carbines in their possession, so this story is particularly disconcerting.

As reported by the Washington Post, “The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaida, according to U.S. officials.”

“With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies donated by the United States. The situation has grown worse since the United States closed its embassy in Sanaa, the capital, last month and withdrew many of its military advisers.”

Sadly, when you consider what happened in Syria with weapons given to “moderate rebels” and the same occurred in Libya — which we reported last year — when Special Operations weapons and sensitive items were abandoned. And we know of the early “bug out” of the Iraqi Army against ISIS resulting in their capture of American weapons and armaments.

Some say these Islamists won’t be able to maintain these weapons, but don’t be fooled. There are enough arms dealers who can supply ammunition, and maybe even some spare parts. Unfortunately, this is an unintended consequence of outsourcing your national security without having a long-term strategy.

Someone should have asked a really simple question: what happens if we abandon Libya and Yemen? How do we ensure military weaponry and sensitive items such as night vision devices are not compromised? Seems like no one considered that.

The Washington Post writes, “We have to assume it’s completely compromised and gone,” said a legislative aide on Capitol Hill who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. U.S. military officials declined to comment for the record. A defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the Pentagon, said there was no hard evidence that U.S. arms or equipment had been looted or confiscated. But the official acknowledged that the Pentagon had lost track of the items.”

Here’s what’s missing. Yikes!

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“In Yemen and elsewhere, the Obama administration has pursued a strategy of training and equipping foreign militaries to quell insurgencies and defeat networks affiliated with al-Qaeda. That strategy has helped to avert the deployment of large numbers of U.S. forces, but it has also met with repeated challenges.”

And remember it was just last fall that President Obama touted Yemen as a success story of his “counter-terrorist” strategy.

“Washington has supplied more than $500 million in military aid to Yemen since 2007 under an array of Defense Department and State Department programs. The Pentagon and CIA have provided additional assistance through classified programs, making it difficult to know exactly how much Yemen has received in total.”

Now, I’m sure detractors will accuse yours truly of warmongering or being a part of a “warfare” state, but this is obviously not working. And you have to ask, wouldn’t it be a better investment to support the Kurdish Regional Government with these weapons and items, especially since they’ve clearly proven their tenacity and trustworthiness? And how come we’re not providing the weapons support to Egypt, and the munitions and fuel requested by Jordan? Yes, these are very puzzling questions.

And if we restructured our military force into highly lethal, capable, and deployable strike operations task forces, we could conduct near-simultaneous operations to deny Islamic terrorists and jihadists sanctuary — regardless of their sect affiliation. What we clearly do not need is a proliferation of U.S. arms and materiel supporting the global jihad — there are enough arms dealers out there already.

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gatormom45
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Why is our anti-gun president giving guns to Yemen in the first place. Gahhhhhh

Brendan
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To help them fight radicals.
We have always armed our allies.
Unfortunately, when out allies lose… those arms wind up in the hands of our enemies.
When the North Vietnamese defeated the South, they acquired billions of dollars worth of weapons that we had given to the South Vietnamese.

TwinTurboTurtle
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Did Isis send the POTUS a thank you card?

joebud
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I don’t know. Did they send one to the last administration who lost $12 billion in cash they shipped to Iraq on pallets?

“The US flew nearly $12bn in shrink-wrapped $100 bills into Iraq, then distributed the cash with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent.

The staggering scale of the biggest transfer of cash in the history of the Federal Reserve has been graphically laid bare by a US congressional committee.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/feb/08/usa.iraq1

Flower
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How does that much BIG EQUIPMENT go missing?!

Renee
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It doesn’t. They assume that the people are stupid enough to believe the bs.

Flower
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So this is Fast & Furious on STEROIDS!

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Albert Cruz
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Blame Bush

joebud
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Bush had his own $12 billion in cash unaccounted for that was shipped to Iraq on pallets. I’m sure that would have never been used to arm insurgents or a fledging ISIS.

Albert Cruz
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Oh here we go, when will you learn? ALL politicians are crooked and sneaky? Odumba is no different

joebud
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What’s your pet name for Bush, then?

Goofy1954
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Fast and furious overseas and completely forseen

Snap N McGarrett
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Arm the enemy and create a case of plausible deniability that it was an intentional act.
Done.

FedUpWithWelfareStates
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FedUpWithWelfareStates

Nothing new here. Everyone thinks that the Pentagon Puzzle Palace is the epitome of military efficiency, when in reality it is a dysfunctional career ticket punching tour. We have been getting killed by our own misplaced weapons for decades…actually look to see them coming across the border someday to be used against Americans on U.S. soil…

Rick
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But the Obama regime damn sure wants to know where every American’s gun is!

Brendan
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Mr West… are you suggesting that when allies request arms to fight radicals we don’t arm them out of fear that the arms will fall into hand of radicals if our allies lose?

ted1478
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The loss of the Night Vision Goggles should be a crime!

joebud
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Well, once we’ve “given” the material to Yemen isn’t it pretty much out of our control? And is this similar to the pallet-loads of millions in cash lost in Iraq and Afghanistan more than 10 years ago?

lindy marie abbott
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This was NOT by accident! This was on purpose and it is HIGH TIME we begin the trials for impeachment! Stop this talking crap and get to the work of Congress! I am sick of all of the representative in the Congress acting like they have NO POWER.

majorwiblit
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for what???

Brendan
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What would the charges be?

Uncle Ruckus
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Oh shut up with this impeachment crap….if you haven’t learned by now its not going to happen then you are STUPID! Did you call for the impeachment of George Bush when BILLIONS of dollars just vanished in IRAQ??

majorwiblit
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lol,,, they been screaming about this from day1
they are so stuck in the past,,, as their heads are stuck up their___

Haywoode Jeblomie
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This is what happens when you have a boy doing a mans job. Yet another example of just how stupid liberals are.

majorwiblit
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(Reuters) – The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest. The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number, according to the Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. does that sadden you,,, all the death and destruction, 4,200+ young american troops killed?,,, 40,000+/- wounded and maimed, some beyond repair?… Read more »
majorwiblit
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you like to annoy minorities??
lol…. are you one of those cranky old white guys who is oh so sad
about what’s happening to your country???

Brendan
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Really?
What was stupid about arming people that were trying to fight radicals?

Russell Neefe
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Brendan . . . Please explain why Obama trained a certain group of Syrian Rebels in Jordon on Secret Bases. Then armed them and sent them back into Syria. Later these same Syrian Rebels became a group known as IS, which grew into ISIS. You know that group Obama referred to as ‘A JV Team’ about a year when it was 3,000 members strong. Due to this casual insult, ISIS has grown to over 60,000 members in Iraq and Syria and with new alliances Boko Harm, al Qaeda in Libya, and now in Yemen. Bring to total to some where… Read more »
Brendan
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This country has a history of arming people that later turned on us… that was not the case, however, in this article about Yemen.
The Yemeni government didn’t turn on us… they simply lost in their fight against the radicals and the radicals took the arms.

Russell Neefe
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In Yemen and elsewhere, the Obama administration has pursued a strategy of equipping foreign militaries to quell insurgencies and defeat networks affiliated with al-Qaeda. That strategy has helped to avert the deployment of large numbers of U.S. forces. Obama refuses to send Troops to properly train and some extra to help protect them during the training process. He has his ‘Policy of NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND’. That does not work in the ‘Real World’. That is like taking 200 new Navy Recruits and Equipping, then calling them ‘Navy Seals’ and sending them on a Mission as ‘Navy Seals’. It… Read more »
Haywoode Jeblomie
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Radicals were armed. You haven’t thought this through apparently.

Brendan
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We armed people that were fighting radicals.
Unfortunately, they lost and the radicals got the weapons.
Are you suggesting we never arm our allies against our enemies?

Haywoode Jeblomie
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Keep thinking that, fool.

Brendan
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Keep thinking what troll?
i asked you a question.
Your comment doesn’t make sense… but idiots will like it because it is just a lame insult directed at me.

Haywoode Jeblomie
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They probably like it because it’s true. It is a very accurate statement as

opposed to an insult.

Brendan
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hahaha
You are truly retarded.
I asked you about arming our allies… and you answered by saying “keep thinking that”
HAHAHA
That makes no sense.
And now you are doubling down on your stupidity by saying it is an accurate statement.
Essentially, you are saying…
I should keep thinking a question and that is true.

That is just a jumble of nonsense.
You are truly special
You are a funny little troll.

Jl Kiser
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Anyone who has been paying attention to the Middle East for more than five minutes should know that today’s allies are tomorrows radical enemies. They have been fighting

over there since the beginning of time,, no one can remember who started what or when they started it, and the only thing that changes is who are considered the good guys, and who are considered the bad guys.

Impeach Obama Now!
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Obama Laughs in OUR Face Daily! The Destruction of OUR America, and our Strong influence around the world is all part of Obama’s and George Soros, etc. Plan! Just as Obama continues to weaken OUR Military and fire Generals who do not agree with him! Obama needs to be Arrested NOW! Before it’s too late for all of us!

majorwiblit
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lol….
yea… hurry up,, before he takes all your gunz…..

Uncle Ruckus
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LOL.. These are just a bunch if NUTS

Patty Donovan
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Arming terrorists
..what’s new ? And he continues toget away with it ..

David Ashcraft
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The f*cked up part about all this is they want to take our guns and ammo!!! But yet give em to our eniemes. They don’t want us Americans to be able to defend ourselves. We gotta all stand up for ourselves because they ain’t gonna stand up for us.

Steve Orpin
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The NVGs and body armor are the most disturbing.