Written by Diana West
Readers of Aaron Klein's latest piecing together of the Benghazi-Syria arms puzzle will take special notice of the role that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have played in pushing the policy to arm the jihad front fighting Assad.
It was the New York Times in February that highlighted Clinton's "activist" plan to “vet the [Syrian] rebel groups and train fighters, who would be supplied with weapons.” In essence, this was just Libya Redux. In Libya, of course, any supposed figleaf "vetting" process failed to stop the US and NATO from both arming and militarily enabling the victory of jihad forces over the anti-jihad Qaddafi -- a red-line-crossing I think of as Uncle Sam joining the jihad. "Our" jihadis in Libya were actually led by senior members of "al Qaeda" in Europe and the Med, with close, demonstrable links to the perpetrators of the catastrophic jihad attacks on London, Madrid, Tunisia and Casablanca -- as John Rosenthal lays out in his shocking, dot-connecting new book The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion.
Hillary's Syria plan, according to the paper, was rebuffed by the Obama White House. Last week, however, Klein points out, the Times reported that a secret plan that sounds like Clinton's has been implemented by the CIA to arm "rebels" in Syria in fits, starts and escalation since early 2012. The US plan involves Turkey, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Croatia and probably other unsavories.
Calling Sens. Paul and Cruz: Is any of this secret stuff constitutional? Is this kind of secret war -- no matter how common -- really within the parameters of the presidency? In order to weigh the question, it is probably necessary to climb back up history's slippery slope to the machinations (including lies) FDR went to avoid the appearance of arming Great Britain against Hitler in violation of US neutrality, circa1940. Of course, the climb itself requires dusting off such antique terms as "US neutrality" ("treason," "victrola"...).
More immediately, however, the Benghazi puzzle taking shape should remind us of the officially hidden purpose of the CIA Annex in Benghazi. And that should take us right back to Hillary's Benghazi-gate testimony ("Turkey...?").
It's worth remembering that while the SecState pleaded ignorance (lied?) before the Senate committee about the theory that Syria-bound arms were moving out of Benghazi to Turkey, House Speaker John Boehner told radio host Laura Ingraham that he was familiar “the chatter about this [arms story] and the fact that these arms were moving toward Turkey.” He continued: “But most of what I know about this came from a classified source and I really can’t elaborate on it.”)
Another question to mull, as Klein points out, is how it was that an investigative FBI team didn't arrive at the Benghazi site for 24 days. "The site was widely reported to have contained classified documents," he notes. What became of them? Did our pal the Tukish Consul General "clean up"? Who knows? As Hillary Clinton might hiss, What difference does it make? Meanwhile, a Very Important Media Person tells me none of it matters.
Of course, what I'm really curious to know is what advice on such matters Hillary Clinton received from her top aide, that flower of the Muslim Brotherhood, Huma Abedin. And speaking of Huma, where is she now that Madame Secretary has decamped from Foggy Bottom?
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told The [New York] Post, “Abedin resigned effective Friday, February 1 — Secretary [Hillary Rodham] Clinton’s last day.”
But Abedin, after trekking the globe at Clinton’s side, won’t be idle long. ...
The Post has reported that Abedin, 37, is likely to stay in Clinton’s inner circle, possibly joining the New York-based nonprofit Clinton Global Initiative.
All in the famly.
Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Presss 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press 2007). Her weekly newspaper column is syndicated by Universal Uclick, and West also serves as Washington Correspondent for the European weekly newspaper Dispatch International. West is one of 19 co-authors (including Frank Gaffney, Andrew C. McCarthy and James Woolsey) ofShariah:The Threat to America, a 2010 publication of the Center for Security Policy,