Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

FOUR HUNDRED surface-to-air missiles stolen while Obama fiddled and Americans burned in Benghazi

Written By: Bob - Aug• 13•13

No wonder King Putt has threatened CIA assets and attempted to hide military personnel who were privy to what happened the night the U.S. Ambassador to Libya was killed in a raid; the President’s blatant dereliction of duty armed al Qaeda with weapons powerful enough to blast airliners out of the sky:

A former U.S. Attorney who represents whistle-blowers with knowledge of what happened when armed militants attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya last year says 400 surface-to-air missiles were ‘taken from Libya’ during the attack, and that the U.S. intelligence community is terrified they might be used to shoot down airliners.

Joe diGenova, whose wife Victoria Toensing – a former deputy assistant attorney general – also represents Benghazi witnesses and others with knowledge of the terror attack, told WMAL radio that the loss of those missiles is also one the reason the U.S. State Department shut down 19 embassies across the Middle East last week.

‘A lot of people have come forward to share information with us,’ he said during the radio station’s ‘Mornings On The Mall’ program Monday morning.

‘We have learned that one of the reasons the administration is so deeply concerned’ is that ‘there were 400 surface-to-air missiles stolen, and that they are … in the hands of many people, and that the biggest fear in the U.S. intelligence community is that one of these missiles will be used to shoot down an airliner. 400 missiles, surface-to-air missiles, taken from Libya.’

Asked if the missiles are now ‘in the hands of al-Qaeda operatives,’ DiGenova replied, ‘That is what these people are telling us.’

I’d like to remind you that Obama refused to give cross border authority to a force of 100 Recon Marines spinning up at Sigonella NAS, told Green Berets in Tripoli to stand down, and refused to call the region’s elite Delta CIF force to come to the rescue of more than two dozen and perhaps as many as 40 Americans under attack.

He had his campaign narrative of “al Qaeda is on the run” to preserve, and the destruction of a U.S. consulate and the possible over-running of a CIA position in a dusty desert version of Custer’s Last Stand is what he was willing to gamble. That he was also negligent enough to deliver al Qaeda hundreds of the exact weapons they’ve most wanted is a clear sign of the dangerously arrogant incompetence that permeates this White House.

But don’t worry folks; when airliners start dropping on our heads, he’ll find a way to “blame Bush.”

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  1. Cole says:

    Stolen? More like given. That is the rumor that has been floating around since the attack. An arms deal to the jihadis.

  2. rasputin says:

    I’m calling b******* on this story. If there really were 400 surface to air missiles floating around the Middle East we would have seen a couple dozen Western Airlines be brought down. Sorry no sale

    • Chuck says:

      They were more than likely intended for use by the Syrian rebels against Syrian government aircraft and were to be smuggled into Syria via a third party (probably Turkey). Probably older MANPADS and not particularly useful against high flying airliners. But plenty useful against attack helos and low-flying CAS of older Soviet vintage such as what the Syrian gov uses.

      • rasputin says:

        Not feeling it. If the terrorist had them, and they don’t, it would be simple to use them against Wester airliners landing or taking off.

      • PubliusII says:

        Best time to strike an airliner is on approach or departure — when they’re low and slow. So the operational limitations against civilian aircraft aren’t all that severe, especially for jihadis who aren’t interested in living forever.

        I do buy that these SAMs were intended for Syrian rebels. But that’s not definitive — and in any case, there’s nothing whatever keeping all 400 together in one place. If a handful of them were to stray, who knows where they’ll end up?

        Such a missile does have a “use-by” date, but that’s not much of a limitation under these circumstances.

        Put it this way, if someone held ill intentions toward the US, couldn’t they find at least a few nasty things to do with a dozen SAMs?

      • Chuck says:

        Does anyone seriously believe that Hezbollah, AQ, etc doesn’t already have SAMs? If they haven’t used them on airliners already it’s not for lack of weapons to do so, it’s because, for whatever reason, they haven’t decided to do so yet. Same reason why they haven’t shot up or blown up a shopping mall in CONUS yet. Does anyone really believe they don’t have the means to do that?

        These SAMs were meant for the Syrian rebels to counter Syrian government airpower, pure and simple. Nobody needs 400 SAMs to shoot down one airliner.

        This quibbling misses the point anyway. The point is not how many or what kind of weapons the US was smuggling to the Syrians through Libya, the point is that it was (quite illegally and in contravention of stated US policy) doing so to begin with!

        The point is that everyone from the President down to the lowest level DoD and DoS spokesmen were LYING to the American people yet again.

        I seem to remember the media going berserk and Congress holding interminable hearings when something like this happened during the Reagan Administration…

  3. Survival Skvez says:

    Certainly the Obama needs to take a large dollop of blame for not sending in troops to protect the people and these assets but what the h#ll were 400 SAMs doing in Libya in the first place? Seriously what were they expecting to need to shoot down?
    Then why weren’t they destroyed when it became clear that there was a possibility of the ammo dump being overrun?
    This has a bit of a stench of a set-up, allowing these assets to be captured so that when used they could be an excuse for even more restrictions, searches and loss of freedom.
    I have my doubts as to whether this story is true or not but I won’t be flying in four weeks time.

  4. DCP says:

    I also read that there were at least 2 dozen British SOF personnel in the city and they were not asked to provide assistance.

    Also, it is myundwerstanding that the SAM’s are Russian and belonged to Khadafy’s government.


  5. westie says:

    Russian SA7s or Stingers should be determined….either way treason is definitely in the picture.

  6. Old Gringo says:

    We’ve children in the highest echelons of power.
    Dangerous children.

    • Sharpshooter says:

      Unfortunately the House and Senate are just as immature as the White House occupants, the bureaucracy, the DOJ, FBI…

  7. thesouthwasrght says:

    Imagine the steps the DHS and Co will get to take to ‘protect’ us once these things start popping up.

    To the poster calling BS: it takes time and planning to move these things into europe, the uk and the states to employ them. just b/c we haven’t seen an airliner go poof yet doesn’t mean this story is bogus.

  8. Poshboy says:

    I have to agree with Chuck and Rob. The most likely explanation is older SA-7 missles out of the former Libyan NLA stockpiles, obtained covertly by Agency assets, on the way to Syrian rebels.

    What is interesting are the lengths the WH was going to in order to keep the program secret. The NYT wrote early this year about a British blog that was doing a great job from online news video and IDing arms. They proved Croatia via Saudi was supplying recoilless rifles to the rebels. So the news was out that there was covert Western aid going to Al Qaeda, I mean, the Syrian rebels.

  9. obsidian says:

    Those loose 40 MANPADS may be the reason no rescue was mounted, imagine flying into Bengahzi while that many missiles were waiting, No, Counting on a reaction force zooming into an anti aircraft ambush.