Report: Jihadists getting weapons meant for Syrian rebels
Why was this not discussed in debate?
- Duration 5:36
- Date Oct 23, 2012
Why was this not discussed in debate?
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We need to have a very effective leadership effort.
In Syria making sure that they they the insurgents there are armed and that the insurgents that become -- are people who will be the responsible parties.
We are playing leadership.
We organize the friends of Syria.
We are mobilizing humanitarian support and support for the opposition.
And we are making sure that those we help those who will be friends of ours and long term and friends of our allies in the region over the long -- -- -- helping our friends and all right so -- you heard from the president you've heard from Vice President Biden is well Mitt Romney did not challenge it.
Thought something was noticeably absent.
From this discussion and that is a bombshell report in the near signs that we told you about last week.
That we are sitting over there they're meant for Syrian rebels.
Are actually winding up in the hands of Islamic -- -- study arms are being shipped by our friends Saudi Arabia and -- But they are going into the hands.
Of the rebel groups over there who are -- hot it's not the friendly groups to us.
Ralph Peters joins us now he's about its strategic analyst.
And author of the book -- at Gettysburg and Ralph this is the New York Times OK and they this is how they opened up the article on October 14.
Most of the armed shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and -- To supply these rebel groups.
Most of the arms are going to hardline Islamic jihadist knocked to the more secular opposition groups that the west wants to bolster -- and the next line is that conclusion.
Of which President Obama and other senior officials are aware.
Cast into doubt the White House strategy in Syria.
Why isn't that discussed why do you do you discuss that.
I think Romney's.
People obviously didn't pay attention to it in Obama certainly does not want to talk about it but -- and this is what happens.
When you pretend -- goofy bumper sticker like lead from behind is a serious strategy.
The administration's flight from all responsibility is like a medieval hasn't fleeing the black death.
And of course.
-- and Saudi Arabia are gonna channel arms to.
Al-Qaeda -- through their Joseph Heidi groups and we pretend and Republicans do to -- Saudi Arabian cutter our allies what we share the goal of getting rid of -- -- Both we and the saudis want a very very different.
Post this on Syria.
Hey this we want a secular.
Democracy where women have rights.
The saudis and gulf Arabs want hostess on Syria that looks a lot like Saudi Arabia.
Here's the thing that's troubling.
Not only are we doing this okay here's where we're not shipping the arms directly but were providing Intel were providing shipments of other.
Secondhand light weapons according to the New York Times report.
But but were working with allies to make sure that these rebels get these arms apparently if you read the times article.
And the reason most likely Mitt Romney didn't challenge Barack Obama on is heat cool.
Says that he thinks this is the wait it out -- to use our allies to ship these arms and -- But and that's all well good route but that's what we decide we wanna do right to kit to help these rebels who are getting massacred and so on.
But each other be some controls in place to make sure.
We -- arming.
G hottest Islamic jihadist who want to blow us from here to kingdom come I mean it's a question about whether we needed to have a tighter controls over.
What was happening in Syria after we got rid of their leader.
And now are we having Libya after we got rid of their leader and -- are -- setting ourselves up for a similar result in Syria.
Or much much worse.
Because -- got a much larger.
Populations in the strategic position but that Megan as you know my expectations in foreign and security policy for the Obama administration are very -- But this is so inept it beggars description.
We should all along have been heavily engaged on the Intel side.
The factions that this started out as a secular oriented freedom oriented revolution.
And because we haven't engaged actively in intelligently.
-- -- boots on the ground but with weapons in the right hands in Syria.
We've abdicated our responsibility.
We have turned -- Syria policy.
Over to the saudis.
And -- could Tories and to some extent the Turks.
Although few of whom have different goals saudis want again.
-- Saudi Arabia clone in Syria the Turks want to expand the Ottoman Empire.
We support democracy.
Women's right to Senator Obama stressed the women's rights last night but his his attention.
And profligate this honesty.
Are setting Syria -- for a fundamentalist regime or at best.
Continued civil strife.
Beyond but the calendar.
There's a real question based on this report about whether -- have anything different.
If we had a president Romney -- I mean they both they both want.
The United States that to -- the arms directly but to airliner Arab allies to do -- but apparently according to the times that's not going so well.
Ralph Peters thank you for your expertise.