Thursday, March 31, 2011
President Barack Obama has secretly authorized plans for the CIA to provide arms to Libyan rebels, U.S. officials said ahead of Thursday congressional hearings on Libya.
In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, Obama indicated he is considering arming the Libyan rebel fighters.
“Our primary military goal is to protect civilian populations and to set up the no-fly zone,” he said, but “we’re not taking anything off the table at this point.”
“One of the questions that we want to answer is do we start getting to a stage where Gadhafi’s forces are sufficiently degraded where it may not be necessary to arm opposition groups,” he said.
Asked whether the U.S. could take that step, Obama said: “I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not ruling it in. We’re still making an assessment partly about what Gadhafi’s forces are going to be doing.”
On Saturday, I reported on an interview (ignored by the mainstream media) with Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi in the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. Mr. al-Hasidi is the de facto leader of the Libyan rebels.
Mr. al-Hasidi said he had recruited “around 25″ men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq who have tie to al-Qaeda.
This troubling revelation certainly begs the question, just what team is President Obama playing for? Let’s hope when congressional hearings on Libya get underway, the Obama administration is forced to explain why the president plans to arm al-Qaeda.