By Daniel Taylor
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hegel announced earlier this month that the White House was “rethinking” its opposition to arming Syrian rebels.
Since then, Senator Robert Menendez has introduced legislation to “…allow the U.S. to provide arms, military training and non-lethal aid to the rebels.”
But wait a minute, didn’t we hear reports of this already? The alternative media has pointed out that the Benghazi incident points to a larger operation that the Obama administration is not eager to reveal. The Wall Street Journal reported in November of last year, “The U.S. effort in Benghazi was at its heart a CIA operation.”
What was this operation? According to the Business Insider, it involved sending heavy armaments including mortars, rocket propelled grenades and heat seeking missiles to Syrian rebels. Many of these fighters are openly linked to Al-Qaeda.
As a side note, take a minute to read this 2002 article from the Washington Post describing the U.S. government effort to radicalize Afghan schoolchildren from the late 80’s to early 90’s. Millions were spent on textbooks filled with radical Islamic teachings meant to militarize a generation to fight the Soviet Union. As of 2002, the books were reported to be in continued circulation.
Perhaps the White House – in “rethinking” its opposition to arming Syrian rebels – is seeking retroactive justification for what it has already done. Regardless, the operation has succeeded in planting the seeds of war which may soon force this issue into the memory hole.