The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida. (The DNI spokesperson said: ‘The idea that the United States was providing weapons from Libya to anyone is false.’)
In January, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the assault by a local militia in September 2012 on the American consulate and a nearby undercover CIA facility in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three others. The report’s criticism of the State Department for not providing adequate security at the consulate, and of the intelligence community for not alerting the US military to the presence of a CIA outpost in the area, received front-page coverage and revived animosities in Washington, with Republicans accusing Obama and Hillary Clinton of a cover-up. A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdoğan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director who would soon resign when it became known he was having an affair with his biographer. (A spokesperson for Petraeus denied the operation ever took place.)
In the London Review of Books The Red Line and the Rat Line, Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels
Beginning in June of 2012, a full three months prior to the Benghazi embassy compound attack that killed the Ambassador and three other Americans, Stevens’ requests for increased security began falling on deaf ears in Washington. Stevens’ boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, failed to heed any of his increasingly urgent calls. Just days prior to the embassy onslaught, the British consulate had been attacked and all its diplomatic staff were safely evacuated away.The Benghazi Scandal Is Obama’s Watergate But Worse
The newly established House select committee chairman Trey Gowdy addressed these main points, a suspected psy-ops and failure to provide security, when he told Megyn Kelly on The Kelly File last night that “I would just ask Secretary Clinton, with all due respect, can you explain why we were still in Benghazi after everyone else had pulled out and after the British ambassador was almost assassinated and our compound was attacked twice? There are three separate categories of questions, each with sub-units within them that have not been answered.”
Naturally, the Democrats are completely up in arms over the visible threat the Benghazi brouhaha represents to the political future of Hillary Clinton as the 2016 Presidential candidate, and the obvious political agenda that can be seen on the Republican side to destroy her. One headline read, Pay Us Back: House Republicans Owe Taxpayers $14 Million For Benghazi Investigations. Others read,
It’s funny, really. Politics. What’s not funny are these indications of people within our government who violate human rights, international law, and the sovereignty of other nations. Obama and his State Department are certainly no more than guilty of carrying on a long tradition of such criminality, but it needs to stop, and if it takes Republicans to stop it rather than Democrats, the Democrats only have themselves to blame for not living up to the ideals they supposedly represent.
Frankly, while Trey Gowdy will be there to blow his horn as much as possible — and who knows, while he probably imagines like Obama did so many years ago, when the latter was working for a CIA front as an editor, that he’s got bigger fish to fry, I suspect that he is at the moment Hillary’s worst nightmare, because he was a prosecutor for 16 years before becoming a Congressman. That’s expertise that I would not want to face.
His courtroom antics are slick, professional and theatrical, and I expect a very good show. I watched his interrogation of IRS official Lois Lerner, who pled the Fifth, on television, and I suspect that he will get to the bottom of this issue, if any one can.
Oh, I’m supporting Republicans? No, I’m supporting truth. However much people complain I don’t take sides in politics, merely for the sake of taking sides out of some idiotic belief that Democrats holding on to power is more important than knowing the truth about what our government is doing. If the Democrats were stupid enough to get caught red-handed, then so be it. In the long run, it will be better for all of us.
God knows who is behind the death threats Gowdy’s started receiving. They certainly wouldn’t be good human rights and constitution-loving Democrats, would they?