Obama’s Secret Plan to Arm Libya’s Rebels

Sunday, March 6, 2011

As the hapless Obama administration is “thinking about” tapping the US’s strategic petroleum reserves to help off-set historic increases in consumer gas prices, evidently Obama wasted no time making another decision: asking Saudi Arabia to supply weapons to Libyan rebels in Benghazi.

According to a report in the UK Independent:

Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya in the event of a prolonged struggle between the Gaddafi regime and its opponents, the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi. The Saudi Kingdom, already facing a “day of rage” from its 10% Shia Muslim community on Friday, with a ban on all demonstrations, has so far failed to respond to Washington’s highly classified request, although King Abdullah loathes the Libyan leader, who tried to assassinate him just over a year ago.

If this convoluted foreign policy scheme sounds familiar, it’s because the clueless Obama lifted a page from his hero — Ronald Reagan’s Iran-Contra operation.

The UK Independent confirms:

Washington’s request is in line with other US military co-operation with the Saudis. The royal family in Jeddah, which was deeply involved in the Contra scandal during the Reagan administration, gave immediate support to American efforts to arm guerrillas fighting the Soviet army in Afghanistan in 1980 and later – to America’s chagrin – also funded and armed the Taliban.

If the Saudis agree, their assistance would allow the Obama White House to disavow any military involvement in the arms supply chain even though the weapons would be American but paid for by the Saudis.

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16 Responses to Obama’s Secret Plan to Arm Libya’s Rebels

  1. R.J. says:

    I better rush to the market to buy some popcorn. Things are really going to get interesting in the Middle East now.

  2. Dmitris says:

    Who knew voting for Obama would be resurrecting the nightmare of the Reagan administration? Is there any possibility of impeachment?

  3. Adirondacky says:

    This is arguably one the most important pieces of journalism I’ve seen this year. Where is the media? Why are they giving Obama a pass when he’s responsible for ushering in Iran-Contra Redux? The Congress must step in and clip his wings on this. We can’t arm the rebels in Libya. This amounts to a silent war.

  4. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    So let me get this straight?

    The Obama administration finds it easier to repeat Reagan’s mistakes with the Contras than to develop a short and long term energy policy that doesn’t include 50% dependence on imported oil from despotic regimes like Libya?


  5. Jolly Roger says:

    Kinda like we can “disavow” creating the Taliban, since it was the Saudis that educated them? All we did was give them guns, right?

  6. feminazi says:

    Pick a side and give them arms. If this had been George W. Bush, the New York Times and Washington Post would’ve been all over this story. Obama, by contrast, gets another pass. Like it or not, we use 25% of the world’s oil but we only have 5% of the world’s population. The U.S. needs to find a domestic source for petroleum and stop importing 50% of the oil we use from hostile and unstable countries. Until this happens, nothing is going to change.

  7. Joe in Colorado says:

    For an alleged, constitutional law professor, Barack H. Obama, seems woefully ignorant of recent, political history. Oh well. He wanted a surge of own and now he’s had on in Afghanistan. Now he can have his very own Contras scandal, too.

  8. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Excellent post, Christopher.

    It’s a shame to see Barry has such a simplistic world view. I expected more from him but it looks like the ghost of Reagan is alive and well.

  9. TOM339 says:

    Welcome back to the blogoshere, Buddy! I hope the trip to California went well and you and Jim enjoyed the trip. Will you be blogging about it?

    About Obama and arming the Libyan rebels. We have a stained legacy of meddling in this part of the world. It goes back much further than Obama’s role model, St. Reagan, and I can’t think of a single instance when things turned out well. But it’s all good. When gas hits $5 a gallon you can bet the White House that the Republicans will make it their central election issue and use it to tank the Obama administration. He’s a one term president which is fine with me.

  10. DMason says:

    As long as the USA is a welfare state dependent on Middle East oil, I fear our foreign policy will continue to be an utter mess. I saw gas at a Mobil station today for $4.92 a gallon. No wonder bran cereal is $4.19 a box and a 12-can package of Diet Dr. Pepper is $3.99 now. Obama had to see this coming and he chose to stand on the sidelines and try to rearrange the kingpins in Libya. But at the end of the day, what Obama is doing is really no different than the oil speculators on Wall Street that he and Bush bailed out when they came-a-calling. I hate them all.

  11. Rachel says:

    This is a fucking nightmare. What the hell is Obama thinking?

  12. Harry says:

    Didn’t Arizona Leatherneck say he’s moving to Costa Rica or Belize? I may ask if I can join him on the drive down there. It couldn’t be worse than this.

  13. libhomo says:

    The no fly zone they also are considering would be much simpler.

  14. Big Hank says:

    In theory, a ‘no-fly’ zone sounds more direct and easier.

    But in practice, a ‘no-fly’ zone is not so simple. For starters, it would require a vote by the UN Security Council and neither Russia or China is likely to sign-off on such an action.

    If the US were to act unilaterally, the Arab world would see it as military adventurism on our part, and could potentially take action against Israel.

  15. A US-backed and UN-approved “no-fly” zone wouldn’t stop Kaddafi from flying his fleet of military helicopters under 1,000 feet to drop bombs on the rebels.

    All a “no-fly” zone would do is prevent replacement arms from reaching the military and piss off Moscow and Beijing.

  16. mogyothwar says:

    Barak Obama is a Noble Laureate

    That’s what some of the Noble Laureate do, create civil war. encourage civil war, let others busy killing each other, supply army surplus to any side /both side.
    US is arming any rebel in any country against any government. To destabilise any country.

    War is business. A big business. United States itself was built through war, selling arms and ammunitions to others. Helping others to fight war. After they killed enough tribal natives in America , they killed each other in their own civil war between North and South.

    Now, they gone back to their habit and their taste of killing others. Then they will kill each other again .

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