Kerry Endorses Qatar’s Gun-Running to Syrian Jihadists/Al Qaeda

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Obama Inc. pulled this same stunt in Libya. It turned a blind eye to Qatari gun-running to Libyan rebels and then it disavowed that once it became clear that the weapons were headed to Jihadists, specifically Al Qaeda or groups allied with Al Qaeda.

Within weeks of endorsing Qatar’s plan to send weapons there in spring 2011, the White House began receiving reports that they were going to Islamic militant groups. They were “more antidemocratic, more hard-line, closer to an extreme version of Islam” than the main rebel alliance in Libya, said a former Defense Department official.

The administration has never determined where all of the weapons, paid for by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, went inside Libya, officials said. Qatar is believed to have shipped by air and sea small arms, including machine guns, automatic rifles, and ammunition, for which it has demanded reimbursement from Libya’s new government. Some of the arms since have been moved from Libya to militants with ties to Al Qaeda in Mali, where radical jihadi factions have imposed Shariah law in the northern part of the country, the former Defense Department official said.

After all this was acknowledged by Obama Inc. and leaked in a plausible deniability form to the New York Times, Kerry and Obama Inc. appear to have learned absolutely zero from the experience and are doing the absolutely very same thing again.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that the Obama administration supported efforts by Middle Eastern nations to send arms to the opposition in Syria, and had had discussions with foreign officials to emphasize that those arms should go to moderate forces rather than to extremists.

“We had a discussion about the types of weapons that are being transferred and by whom,” Mr. Kerry said after a meeting with the prime minister of Qatar, which has been involved in arming the Syrian opposition. “We did discuss the question of the ability to try to guarantee that it’s going to the right people and to the moderate Syrian opposition coalition.”

Notice that Kerry doesn’t say that this is policy or that the US is insuring the flow of arms. Instead there was a “discussion” and Kerry went on record as asking the question, even though he already knows the answer. But now Obama Inc. is on record as being skeptical about a policy that it supports.

The “moderate forces” that Kerry would like to arm are the Muslim Brotherhood. The immoderate forces are Al Qaeda. And there’s no doubt that Qatar is not limiting its support to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Salafists in Syria have better weapons and Kerry is pretending that once again Obama Inc. has no idea where those weapons are coming from.

Mr. Kerry asserted that the United States was not directing the arms shipments by other nations; rather, he suggested, the United States was consulting with them about what was being provided and to whom. “I don’t think the United States is engaged in a specific allotment process,” he added. “But obviously we are aware.”

So… Obama Inc. is disavowing responsibility for the weapons shipments, even as it endorses the program.

He spoke at a joint news conference here with the prime minister of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani. The prime minister said he sensed a new openness on the part of the United States to the provision of military support to the Syrian opposition.

“There is a change in the international position and the American position,” Sheik Hamad said. “They are talking about weapons. We hope that this had happened some time ago because this would have maybe lessened the death and destruction that took place in Syria.”

Sheik Hamad has underwritten much of the death and destruction in Syria and through the Middle East over the last two years.

A major question is whether these efforts will be enough to turn the tide against Mr. Assad. The flow of weapons has not stopped the Syrian military from firing Scud missiles at its opponents or bombing them.

Maybe we should give them F16s and Abrams tanks. Oh wait… Obama already did.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s gift of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi’s newly-surfaced comments referring to Israelis as “descendents of apes and pigs.”

“The fact that sometimes other countries elect someone you don’t agree with doesn’t give us permission to walk away,” Kerry said.

It also doesn’t give us permission to stop arming people whose entire worldview consists of killing us and then killing us some more. And the best case scenario in Syria, is that these are the only people being armed under Kerry’s watch, even though it’s fairly certain that the weapons are actually flowing to Al Qaeda.

  • Ar'nun

    Why am I getting a sneaking suspicion that Qatar got these weapons from the US? And that the weapons they gave to Libya might be currently in Gaza?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      We know the latter is the case.

    • JacksonPearson

      An easy dot map to connect.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Okay now, once a Muslim Brotherhood devotee, always one. And his boss, Barack HUSSEIN Obama, is Allah bent on the Brotherhood Mafia's ascension, even to the point of Al Qaeda, and its offshoots, benefiting too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/04/pm-netanyahu-

    And if the regime had plausible deniabilty in Libya – which they don't – they have completely tipped their hand in the arming of Syrian jihadists, despite Assad's brutal rule – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/31/islamists-wha….
    http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/24/benghazigate-

    Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Moishe Pupick

    W., 03/06/13

    It seems that Our Beloved Chairman Obama believes that government-sanctioned gun violence is just dandy but not private civilian gun violence used in self-defense. The Moslem Brotherhood, a Nazi ally during WW2, has made large inroads into the Obama administration. However, Ms. Obama now tells us that there are too many obese pet dogs. I'm reminded of the old carnival expression, "Ignore that man behind the curtain."

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that the Obama administration supported efforts by Middle Eastern nations to send arms to the opposition in Syria, and had had discussions with foreign officials to emphasize that those arms should go to moderate forces rather than to extremists."

    Of course we support the moderates. Why would you doubt us?

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "“The fact that sometimes other countries elect someone you don’t agree with doesn’t give us permission to walk away,” Kerry said."

    Whose permission do we need you communist traitor?

    • WilliamJamesWard

      What do you think is the difference between a moderate murderer and an extremist
      murderer……….Kerry is wasting no time screwing up and will probably lay a wreath at
      the tomb of the unknown gun runner………………William

  • Mary95

    It's important for us to make sure we arm the Mexican drug cartel. The Arab Spring…that was great. We helped bring about/support Women's Rights (women being treated like real human beings) and Freedom and Democracy to all! We'll continue arming Egypt no matter what..insult our allies, the only free democracy in the Middle East, attack our Egyptian Consulate, burn our flag, chant death to America…another good one was a bunch of rioters chanting 'Obama, Obama, We're all Osamas' while wearing the head attire of the 'blind sheik' on 9/11/12. We helped get Moresi elected by our financial contributions and many other MB rich doners/countries. Then there's Syria, Libya and that unfortunate event, the Benghazi mission. We did need to arm the rebels, right? But there were so many factions, some got so mad at us. People died, so we Lied, Had to, The media was supposed to have kept that story buried as they usually do. They knew the big election was coming. Besides, nobody Really knows who the rebels are. Our Media Puppets won't dare ask. Oh well, 'Why is this so important' she said? Just So This Never Happens Again'. That's ok. Benghazi? The Media?They're blocked now and too scared to talk. They can let out the real story when we have more control. It won't matter then. Control the guns of Americans, like China has demanded. It is part of the U.N. Small Arms Treaty and there's that big rush to get everything done and Controlled…all those people to get in line, well, those who live anyway. Wow, so much accomplished in a few short years, building on the small things Bush did. He can have a little credit. Hypothetical???