What happens when Obama sends weapons, money, and American troops into a theater of war with no coherent mission and no clear enunciation of American strategic interests? Our own weapons and training are used against our soldiers and intelligence workers.
Last November, two American contractors were killed at a Jordanian police training center in Amman, Jordan, when a former trainee turned his guns on the Americans and several other foreign workers. This training facility is funded by U.S. taxpayer dollars to train Palestinian security forces, an endeavor we should not be supporting at all. To make matters worse, the New York Times is now reporting that the weapons used in the attack were purchased on the black market in Jordan through a stream of weapons from a CIA program intended to train and equip Syrian rebels!
This program, which operated under code name Timber Sycamore, according to the Times, began in April 2013 in conjunction with Saudi Arabia and other gulf states. Remember, these are some of the same actors who are also directly funding Al Qaeda in Syria. Many of the Syrian rebels are either Islamists themselves or have allowed weapons to fail into the hands of Al Nusra and Ahar al-Sham, two Al Qaeda-linked groups operating in Syria. Now it has been revealed that some of those weapons, including Kalashnikovs, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, were purloined by corrupt Jordanian officials and are now out on the “streets” of the Middle East’s black market.
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This is just the latest example of how Obama is helping arm our enemies and sending our brave CIA and special operations troops into war to risk their own lives in helping our enemies or doing the bidding of Saudi Arabia. The House and Senate recently passed the annual defense authorization bill, which authorizes several hundred million dollars for the Syrian rebel train and equip program. As I noted at the time, it was a colossal lost opportunity for Republicans not to defund the program. Fortunately, they still have the opportunity to do so between the Senate-House conference committee or in the upcoming defense appropriations bill.
If Democrats want to distract from the problem of Islamic jihad and discuss gun control, they might want to start by preventing our own government from repeating the Fast and Furious gun running scandal on a global level.
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Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.