04/22/14

Why Democrats shouldn’t be allowed to have guns.

By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative

The list speaks for itself.

  • In 1865 a Democrat named John Wilkes Booth shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
  • In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.
  • In 1963 a radical left wing socialist named Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
  • In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat named Sara Jane Moore fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
  • In 1983 a registered Democrat named John Hinckley shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
  • In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
  • In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
  • In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
  • In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, TX.
  • In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
  • In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
  • In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US.
  • In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
  • In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
  • In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
  • In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
  • In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.
  • In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown, CT.
  • As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat named Aaron Alexis shot 12 workers at the Washington Navy Ship Yard.

Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns. Even those Democrats who haven’t shot anyone have a problem with them as in the recent case of California Democrat and state senator Leland Yee, a staunch supporter of gun-control legislation, who was arrested by the FBI and charged with conspiracy to purchase millions of dollars of illegal firearms from the Philippines to be resold in the U.S. in exchange for contributions to his election campaign.

And lets not forget about our Democrat Attorney General Eric Holder, the top law enforcement officer in the United States, and his infamous Fast and Furious gun running scheme that was contrived to further the push for gun control laws. He didn’t shoot anyone but one of the guns he arranged to get smuggled into Mexico was used to murder U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Almost forgot to mention the story about Democrat Congressman Charlie Wilson from the 1980s. Remember Charlie Wilson? He sure was a popular Democrat back in the Reagan years. They even made a movie about him starring Tom Hanks, called Charlie Wilson’s War. Know what Charlie did? He teamed up with a contact in the CIA and sent a couple of billion dollars worth of military hardware over to Afghanistan to help the rebels fight the Russians. Operation Cyclone was one of the longest and most expensive covert CIA operations ever undertaken; funding began with $20–30 million per year in 1980 and rose to $630 million per year in 1987. Funding continued after 1989 as the Mujahideen battled the forces of Mohammad Najibullah’s PDPA during the Civil war in Afghanistan (1989–1992). Want to know what the rebels did with the weapons? They saved a lot of them and used them against American troops that were in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban Muslim extremists. As of April 4, 2014, there have been 2,178 U.S. military deaths in the war in Afghanistan.

It should also be noted that during the Jimmy Carter years in the White House, Democrats were more concerned with social engineering and managed to convince lawmakers that people confined to mental institutions were unjustly deprived of their human dignity. The practice called deinstitutionalization, is the process of replacing long-stay psychiatric hospitals with less isolated community mental health services for those diagnosed with a mental disorder or developmental disability. Because of the attitude change many mental hospitals were closed and the patients were released back into society. And because of recent HIPPA rules about patient confidentiality, mentally ill people have been able to buy guns because they don’t show up on background checks.

Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.

SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.

My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.

04/22/14

Progressive Propaganda With A Prepper Facade: Americans Face Inflation, Hunger and Depression

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

It seems that every day when I look at our finances, I now have to adjust. Eating out at all is swiftly becoming a luxury of the past. If you’ve been to McDonald’s lately, you’ve probably noticed their dollar menu is now five dollars. A meal at any drive thru that used to cost $5 dollars a few years ago, now costs north of $10. You start thinking to yourself, that could go towards the power or water bills.

Then you go to the store and reality slaps you along side the head. Hamburger Helper, just a month ago was $1 a box… now it is $1.50. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but that is an example of inflation kicking in at 50% and to anyone on limited funds it scares the crap out of them. Tuna is $2 a can. Milk is $6 a gallon in places. To buy 3 Rib Eye steaks, you are looking at a minimum of $35 and things are about to get a whole lot worse. I actually started thinking last week for the first time in my life, I can save money and make our budget stretch further if I skip a meal a day. There would be more for my family that way. We are not poor or destitute – not even close. And yet, we find ourselves beginning to think in terms of our grandparents, when they faced the Great Depression.

In Oklahoma, energy costs are getting ready to skyrocket. The utility companies and government will play it down and say it is only an average increase of $4 a month, but this is just one in a series of increases. Increases to bills we already can’t afford. And, the state is getting ready to mandate smart meters whether people want them or not. AEP-PSO announced late last year that it will replace all of its 520,000 meters statewide with smart meters by 2016. All under the guise of a Progressive governor — big brother will be monitoring each of us like cattle. Oklahoma may be one of the most conservative states in the Union, but it is infected with Progressives and their policies just as badly as other states and certainly worse than the American Redoubt. The claims of some of the lowest prices in the nation are not true either. We paid far less in Idaho to heat and cool a home twice the size we are in now. Oklahoma, you seriously need to clean house and get a real conservative in the governor’s mansion.

And don’t even get me started on the massive taxation. We spend more on taxes than we do food, energy, housing and clothing combined. Uncle Sam will get his grubby cut even if we starve along the way. It’s become impossible to plan expenditures because I’m never sure just how much I’m going to get hit with taxes and shipping. It is quickly becoming prohibitive.

According to the Economic Collapse Blog, if food prices keep trending the way they are now, they will double by the end of the decade. Your pay from work, however, will not. Many, many things are leading up to this, not the least of which are Marxist policies from our government. There are also global droughts hitting 142 different cities. We’ve always lived with drought, but now random authorities can ration water as they see fit and places like Lake Mead that supplies Las Vegas seem to be running dry. The drought is driving fruit and vegetable prices up, along with over regulation and taxation. The same factors are reducing our cattle herds and causing beef prices to soar. A deadly and virulent pig virus has wiped out up to 6 million pigs nationwide to date — pork will rise in price by 20% by the end of this year because of this.

The CEO of Tyson Foods has this to say about meat prices:

“I think consumer[s] should expect record high meat prices his year,” Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith told CNBC last month. “You should expect to see very high prices for your ground beef, your other meat cuts, all the pork cuts will be higher this year.”

More:

An ongoing contraction in the U.S. dairy herd, for example, is pushing up retail prices of cheese, ice cream, and other processed dairy foods.

Farm egg prices have been among the most volatile, jumping by 20 percent in February after dropping by 28 percent in January.

U.S. farmers aren’t the only ones facing a production squeeze. A drought in coffee growing regions of southern Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer, has pushed up the cost of a cup of Java worldwide. Coffee futures have surged 57 percent this year and rose above $2 a pound last month for the first time in two years.

With bacon and coffee prices surging, breakfast is becoming more expensive—especially if you include a glass of orange juice. Future prices are up 12 percent this year, hitting two-year highs, after Florida’s orange crop was hit by an insect-borne disease that’s expected to cut yields to the lowest levels in nearly a quarter century. Production could fall by about 15 percent to 114 million boxes this year, according to government forecasts, the lowest level since 1990.The recent series of food price hikes follow a relatively long stretch of stable consumer prices. Since 1990, retail food prices have risen by an average of 2.8 percent a year, according to USDA. From February through December of last year, average supermarket prices fell by 0.2 percent.

And what are we doing to prepare for shortages? Nothing. We are not as a nation stockpiling food or addressing any of this with the attention it should demand. You can’t just ignore these events – it invites nationwide and global catastrophe along with all the other Progressive policies being put into place financially, militarily, etc.

Some stats for you:

  • Avocados – likely to go up 17 to 35 cents to as much as $1.60 each.
  • Berries – likely to rise 21 to 43 cents to as much as $3.46 per clamshell container.
  • Broccoli – likely to go up 20 to 40 cents to a possible $2.18 per pound.
  • Grapes – likely to rise 26 to 50 cents to a possible $2.93 per pound.
  • Lettuce – likely to rise 31 to 62 cents to as much as $2.44 per head.
  • Packaged salad – likely to go up 17 to 34 cents to a possible $3.03 per bag.
  • Peppers – likely to go up 18 to 35 cents to a possible $2.48 per pound.
  • Tomatoes – likely to rise 22 to 45 cents to a possible $2.84 per pound.

For you chocolate lovers out there, it is about to become a luxury item as well. Cocoa prices are skyrocketing, so enjoy it while you can.

Rent rates have also risen 2.7%. People can’t afford to buy a home anymore, so expect to see this trend continue.

We are only one black swan event away from hyperinflation, but we just keep on printing money. The dollar is being dumped as the global reserve currency — Russia and China are doing that right now. Our enemies within and without have used our own battle tactics against us and have succeeded in bankrupting the greatest, freest nation on the planet. Even our own military is war gaming the failure of the dollar and what it could mean for our troops globally. The ride over the next few years will be a test of every American’s mettle and fortitude.

As bad as it is now, imagine walking into the store and everything has doubled in price. Imagine your children going hungry. Imagine some very tough choices that will have to be made. The good news is our families will strengthen even more. More families will move in together and face hard times together. That is how our family survived the Great Depression. Faith in God and one another will get us through these dark times.

These major hikes in expenses are hitting all of us as employment is harder and harder to find and we are all tightening our belts. It will hit the poor and elderly the hardest — those the Progressives claim they champion are the ones they will be hurting the most. Typical.


Kate Humble on her farm in Trellech, Monmouth. Photograph: Stephen Shepherd

Now on to propaganda, lies, insanity and deceit. Trust me when I say I wish this were a plot of a movie, but it’s not. The Guardian has a piece up that is creepy beyond words – it shows the true intent of Fabian Socialists.

In this piece of Progressive crap, Kate Humble talks about food waste, keeping sheep, not having children and her mission with aquaponics. I’m sure you will be shocked that she feels people do not appreciate food enough. Since they are wasteful, prices should skyrocket to compensate. She also does not believe in having children and is for population reduction. But notice how they have wrapped all of this Communist rhetoric in a pretty prepper package. She grows food and livestock and lives off the land. Evidently it is meant to appeal to survivalists, while preaching a message of living with less and with fewer humans. Did I mention she’s an atheist? Go figure.

Communism with a perky smile:

“I’m over here!” shouts Kate Humble, and she of Springwatch and Lambing Live gambols towards me, closing the gate on a field of anxious goats and their Disney-cute babies. She’s carrying a bucket. “I was just about to muck out,” she announces, and I’m reminded this is a working farm in the Wye Valley and in no way a TV set.

The photographer has already done his work and gone. Apparently Humble had no idea he was coming. It is hard to think of another TV person on the planet for whom an impromptu photoshoot while wearing a well-loved fleece and no makeup would be OK, but Humble couldn’t give a hoot. She’s been up since the wee small hours: “I love getting up early. I can bounce out of bed at 5am but I’m useless at night.”

She leads me to a kitchen, which doubles as the HQ for Humble by Nature courses on animal husbandry and rural skills, from foraging to building an outdoor pizza oven. Her assistant Rebecca wonders if I’d be OK with some old coffee heated up in the microwave. I’m wondering how to explain that although I’m against food waste, there are limits. “No! That sounds disgusting,” says Humble, even though she’s a green tea drinker. “Make some new!” It’s an earthy introduction.

Kate Humble has been the poster girl for a particularly immersive brand of popular science and wildlife programming for the last 15 years. Behind the scenes TV executives are full of admiration for her prowess at delivering live broadcasts (one tells me she has a photographic memory) and her ability to pull in the viewers. Lambing Live is an unlikely hit on paper, but it has proved to be a ratings juggernaut, pulling 2.5 million viewers, even on a Friday night. What you get as a viewer is her warmth and natural curiosity. She gets right in there, sometimes quite literally; her inspection of a ram’s testicles on the most recent series of Lambing Live caused quite the Twitter frenzy.

Much has been made of her decision to be child-free too. She rightly thinks it’s rude of journalists to pry about this. But then she brings the topic up quite naturally, so I feel at liberty to ask her how she feels about those who think your environmental conscience only really forms when you have kids. “I think one of the most environmentally friendly things you can do is NOT have children,” she says. “Yes, I know we have an ageing population but I’ve got a great plan for my old age, which is a return to communal student living. The idea that people have to have children before they wake up to the idea that the world might not be a great place in 15-20 years’ time is nonsense. I’m not particularly clever, nor brilliant nor insightful but I don’t need to have kids to tell me that. I’ve got godchildren. I don’t know why: I’m woefully unqualified on both parts of that equation – can’t be a mother, don’t believe in God. But you know, I want them to have a world that’s functional and great to live in.”

The EPA and the Progressives must love this woman to death. And millions are buying into her tripe of living off the land in a manner reminiscent of Progressives, worshiping nature (not God), population reduction, resource reduction, increased food prices, raising taxes and all things Marxist. This is what Obama and his ilk want in America. Being master propagandists, they think slapping a pretty face on the message and claiming they are preppers will win over American patriots. They think if you’ll buy into this horse manure, you’ll give up your arms as well. A starving and defenseless America would be Marxist heaven.

Elections have consequences and voting in leaders who want us to be brought down to a level playing field with the rest of the world has brought this situation to our doorstep and our elected leaders don’t plan on helping alleviate it. The Marxists want prices and taxes to increase and wages to decrease. This is why we must elect conservatives this year and in 2016 who believe in Constitutional principles and conservative ideals. If we are to survive as a nation and feed our families, we must remove the Keynesian dictators at our helm and replace them with Tea Party conservatives.

04/22/14

Material Support to Terrorism: The Case of Libya

By: Clare Lopez
Accuracy in Media

Libya in 2011 marks the place and the time that the United States (U.S.) and the Obama administration formally switched sides in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). A mere 10 years after al-Qa’eda (supported by Hizballah and Iran) attacked the American homeland in the worst act of terrorism ever suffered by this country, U.S. leadership decided to facilitate the provision of weapons to jihadist militias known to be affiliated with al-Qa’eda and the Muslim Brotherhood in order to bring down a brutal dictator who also just happened to be a U.S. ally in the GWOT at the time.

And the U.S. media were silent. The major broadcast, print, and Internet outlets said not a word about this astonishing turnabout in American foreign policy. To this day, they have not seemed even to recognize that the pivot to support al-Qa’eda took place. But it needs to be said. The American people deserve to understand that their most senior leaders, both elected and appointed, have violated their oaths to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

United States law is quite explicit about providing material support to terrorists: it’s prohibited. Period. 18 U.S. Code § 2339A and 18 U.S. Code § 2339B address Providing Material Support to Terrorists or Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Together, these two sections outlaw the actions of any U.S. person who attempts or conspires to provide, or actually does provide, material support to a foreign terrorist organization knowing that it has been designated a foreign terrorist organization or engages, or has engaged, in “terrorism” or “terrorist activity.” Conspiracy means agreeing or planning to provide such support, whether or not such support ever is actually delivered. Penalties for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism are stiff: imprisonment for up to 15 years and/or a fine of not more than $250,000. Penalties for actually providing or attempting to provide material support to terrorism are even harsher: imprisonment from 15 years to life, with a life sentence applicable if the death of any person results from such crime. Aiding, abetting, counseling, or procuring in support of a violation of Section 2339B is punishable by the same penalties as for the offense itself.

The Arms Export Control Act is another law that makes it illegal for the U.S. government to export “munitions” to any country determined by the Secretary of State to have “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” While this provision applies specifically to those countries—Cuba, North Korea, Iran, and Syria—that are designated as state sponsors of terrorism, the case of Libya stands out nevertheless. Removed from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism in 2006, Libya by early 2011 was swarming with al-Qa’eda and Muslim Brotherhood militias and affiliates fighting to overthrow Muamar Qaddafi’s regime.

The identities of those jihadis and their al-Qa’eda affiliations were well known to the U.S. Intelligence Community, Department of State, and Tripoli Embassy long before the 17 February 2011 revolt broke out against Muamar Qaddafi. As with other al-Qa’eda branches, the Libyan al-Qa’eda affiliates such as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) trace their origins back to the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, which was founded in 1949 when Egyptian Brotherhood members “fled a crackdown in Cairo and took refuge in Benghazi,” according to a May 2012 study by the Brookings Doha Center. Colonel Muamar Qaddafi took over Libya in a 1969 coup d’état and showed little tolerance for Brotherhood activities. Brutal waves of repression kept the Brotherhood in check through the 1980s and 1990s when many Libyan fighters went to Afghanistan to join the mujahedeen in their battle against the Soviet Army. Some of those who fought there, like Abu Anas al-Libi and Abdelhakim Belhadj, would figure prominently in the revolt that ultimately ousted Qaddafi in 2011.

The LIFG was founded in 1990 by Libyan fighters returning from the Afghan jihad who were now intent on waging jihad at home. Qaddafi came down hard on the group, though, and crushed the LIFG’s 1995-1998 insurgency. Some LIFG members had moved to Sudan when Usama bin-Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri found refuge with Omar al-Bashir’s Muslim Brotherhood regime in the early 1990s and others (including Belhadj) eventually fled back to Afghanistan, where both bin-Laden and al-Zawahiri also had relocated by the mid-1990s. Abu Anas al-Libi is alleged to have taken part in the pre-attack casing and surveillance of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya a few years prior to the 1998 al-Qa’eda attack there.

By 1995, things were becoming hot for the jihadis in Sudan and while bin Laden and al-Zawahiri returned to Afghanistan about this time, others such as Anas al-Libi were offered safehaven by the British. In return for political asylum in the UK, MI 6 recruited Anas al-Libi’s support for a failed 1996 plot to assassinate Qaddafi. In all, Anas al-Libi lived in Manchester from 1995-2000—despite his known history of association with bin Laden, al-Zawahiri, and other AQ leaders, as well as willingness to participate in assassination plots against national leaders, as I wrote in an October 2013 piece at The Clarion Project. The U.S.’s British partners also provided asylum to Abu Abdullah As-Sadeq, the LIFG’s top commander and allowed the LIFG to publish an Arabic language newspaper called al-Wasat in London. By 2000, though, as the FBI and other Western security services began to close in, Anas al-Libi and others were on the move again, leaving behind a 180-page al-Qa’eda terror training manual that became known as the “Manchester Document.” In the run-up to the 11 September 2001 attacks, Anas al-Libi, Abdelhakim Belhadj, Abu Sufian bin Qumu, and other known LIFG members reconnected with bin Laden in Afghanistan. As John Rosenthal points out in a 10 October 2013 posting, “The Inevitable Rise of Al-Qaeda in Libya,” in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, “the history of close cooperation between the LIFG and al-Qa’eda was so extensive that the Libyan group figured among the very first organizations to be designated as al-Qaeda affiliates by the UN Security Council.” In fact, according to Rosenthal who cites former LIFG member, Norman Benotman, Belhadj was actually present with bin Laden at Tora Bora in December 2001. The LIFG was formally accepted as an al-Qa’eda franchise by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the AQ deputy at the time, in 2007.

In the years following 9/11, various LIFG members were detained: Abu Sufian bin Qumu was captured in 2002 and sent to Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) and in 2004, both Abu Anas al-Libi and Abdelhakim Belhadj were captured. By the mid-2000s, GITMO detainees were being released to their home countries. Abu Sufian bin Qumu, for example, was released from GITMO and returned to Libya in 2007. Beginning about 2005, Qaddafi was under pressure from both the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli and his own son, Seif, to begin what came to be known as “the reconciliation process,” in which LIFG and other jihadist prisoners were released from Libyan jails. In this process, LIFG Muslim Brotherhood cleric Ali Mohammad Al-Sallabi was a key mediator. Abdelhakim Belhadj was released in 2008 (just as Christopher Stevens was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission to Tripoli) and Abu Sufian bin Qumu in 2010, after which he returned to Derna to begin plotting the revolt against Qaddafi.

Even as this “reconciliation process” was underway and Christopher Stevens was preparing for his new posting, Libyan jihadis were flowing out of eastern Libya in droves to join the al-Qa’eda jihad against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. According to a June 2010 study compiled by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, “Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq,” coalition forces in Iraq captured a stash of documents in October 2007 which documented the origins of the foreign fighters who’d traveled to Iraq to join al-Qa’eda between August 2006 and August 2007. Termed the “Sinjar Records” after the nearest town where these personnel records were found, the data showed that by far the largest contingent of foreign fighters per capita came from Libya. Across the spectrum, the most common cities of origin for foreign fighters in Iraq were Darnah, Libya and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Darnah is located in the eastern Cyrenaica region of Libya, long known as an incubator of jihadist ideology and the place which would become the cradle of the 2011 Islamic uprising against Muammar Qaddafi.

Nor was the new Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Christopher Stevens unaware of what was going on. A June 2008 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli that went out over Stevens’ signature was obtained by the London Telegraph from Wikileaks. The report was given the name “Die Hard in Derna,” after the Bruce Willis movie, and described the determination of the young jihadis of this eastern Libyan town to bring down the Qaddafi regime. Because they believed the U.S. government supported the Qaddafi regime and would not allow it to fall after it had abandoned its Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) programs and begun to provide counter-terrorism support, and as documented in the West Point study of the “Sinjar Records,” the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) instead sent its fighters to confront the U.S. in Iraq, believing that was a way to strike a blow against both Qaddafi and his U.S. backers. A local Derna resident told the visiting Embassy officer that Libyan fighters who had returned from earlier battlefields in Afghanistan (1980s) and elsewhere sometimes went on for additional “religious training” in Lebanon and Syria; when they eventually returned to Libya in the late 1980s and early 1990s, they began the process of preparing the ground for “the eventual overthrow by the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) of Muammar Qadhafi’s regime…

Career Foreign Service Officer Christopher Stevens was first posted to the American Embassy in Tripoli, Libya in June 2007 as the DCM and later as charge d’affaires until 2009. For his second tour in Libya, Stevens was sent to rebel headquarters in Benghazi, Libya, to serve as special representative to the Libyan Transitional National Council. He arrived on a Greek cargo ship on April 5, 2011 and stayed until November. His mission was to forge stronger links with the Interim Transitional National Council, and gain a better understanding of the various factions fighting the Qaddafi regime. His reports back to Washington were said to have encouraged the U.S. to support and recognize the rebel council, which the Obama administration did formally in July 2011.

As is now known, under urging from Sen. John McCain and other Congressional members, the White House endorsed Qatar’s plan to send weapons to the Libyan rebels shortly after Yousef al-Qaradawi, the senior jurist of the Muslim Brotherhood, issued a 21 February 2011 fatwa that called for the killing of Qaddafi. Seeking a “zero footprint,” no-paperwork-trail profile itself, the U.S. instead encouraged both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to arm the Libyan jihadis, according to a key New York Times article published in December 2012. Knowing full well exactly who those rebel militias and their leadership were, and how closely they were connected with al-Qa’eda (and perhaps even mindful of the legal restrictions on providing material support to terrorism), the U.S. sought to distance itself as the source of these weapons, which included small arms such as automatic rifles, machine guns, and ammunition. The NY Times piece noted that U.S. officials made sure to stipulate the weapons provided would come from elsewhere, but not from the U.S.

But the fact that from the end of March 2011 onward, U.S. and other NATO forces completely controlled Libyan air space and the sea approaches to Libya means that the cargo planes and freighters transporting the arms into Libya from Qatar and elsewhere were being waved through with full U.S. knowledge and support. The U.S. mission in Libya, and especially in Benghazi, ramped up in this period to facilitate the delivery of the weapons to the Libyan al-Qa’eda terrorists.

What followed should hardly have come as a surprise to anyone. After NATO air support cleared the way to Tripoli, the Qaddafi regime fell in October 2011 and the Muslim Brotherhood political leadership and al-Qa’eda fighters took over. Abdelhakim Belhadj was named Tripoli military commander. Chaos reigned, especially in the eastern regions, and now the weapons flow reversed—out of Libya, and into the hands of jihadis in West Africa, the Sinai, and Syria. Some of that flow was wildly disorganized and some of it was directed, with the U.S. mission in Benghazi once again playing a key role as its teams on the ground facilitated the weapons delivery, now destined for the Syrian rebels, dominated by al-Qa’eda and the Muslim Brotherhood, who were fighting to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad regime. In this endeavor, the U.S. was allied with its new Libyan partner, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and once again, with Qatar.

The next chapter in the U.S. jihad wars was underway, with a new Presidential Finding, and material support to terrorism firmly established as official policy. Congress and the media and the military remained silent. The American people barely noticed.

Clare M. Lopez is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Security Policy and the London Center for Policy Research. She is also a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi.