On September 11, 2013 Martin Bashir interviewed Sen. Barbara Boxer (D. CA) to discuss President Obama’s speech in which he tried to justify attacking Syria. Mr. Bashir of course was less concerned about what Pres. Obama said and more concerned with the Republican’s lack of support on the Syrian bombing. He then switched to focus on Sen. Rand Paul’s (R. KY) rebuttal of Pres. Obama’s speech. Mr. Bashir played the first 15 seconds of Sen. Paul’s speech and that was all he needed open the door to Sen. Boxer’s attack on what Sen. Paul said. Sen. Boxer instantly demanded that Sen. Paul apologize for saying that Pres. Obama would help Al Qaeda and she found it “absolutely disgraceful” that Sen. Paul would say such a thing on the eve of the 12th anniversary of this nation’s most devastating terror attack.
What is really disgraceful is that that neither Mr. Bashir nor Sen. Boxer bothered to find out where Sen. Paul got his information. It appears that Sen. Paul is simply stating the obvious that has been put out in the news since the Syrian civil war began. A story published in the Washington Post on September 11, 2013 stated the Obama administration has given weapons and non-lethal equipment to the Syrian rebels. A portion of the articles states:
Although the Obama administration signaled months ago that it would increase aid to Syrian rebels, the efforts have lagged because of the logistical challenges involved in delivering equipment in a war zone and officials’ fears that any assistance could wind up in the hands of jihadists.
I suppose that this would be proof to Sen. Boxer and many low information voters who watch Martin Bashir’s program that Pres. Obama is arming only the vetted rebels and not the terrorists. But it turns out that this administration has no concern over who gets our weapons. It has now come to light that Pres. Obama has waived the ban on sending weapons to terrorists in order to arm the Syrian rebels. According to the Washington Examiner,
The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would “waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction.
Those two sections prohibit sending weaponry to countries described in section 40(d): “The prohibitions contained in this section apply with respect to a country if the Secretary of State determines that the government of that country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism,” Congress stated in the Arms Control Export Act.
Why in the world would an administration who vetted the rebels feel the need to do such a thing? Perhaps it’s because it is impossible to keep said arms from the extremist and terrorist groups. According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, nearly half of the rebels are affiliated with some sort of extremist jihadist organization or are foreign fighters that are linked to terror groups such as Al Qaeda. Did anyone honestly think that this administration would be able to tell the vetted rebels that they can have our weapons but don’t share them with their fellow fighters because they might be bad guys? Sen. John McCain (R. AZ) who has been one of Pres. Obama’s biggest cheerleaders; had the nerve to tell us in May that the US can help the right Syrians. This is while his office posted pictures of him posing with a couple of rebels who were known kidnappers of 11 Shia Muslims.
Thanks to the actions of Pres. Obama we are officially a state sponsor of terrorism under our own laws. It appears that Sen. Rand Paul has been right all along with regards to becoming allies to the same forces who attacked the United States on 9/11/2001 as well as in Benghazi on 9/11/2012. He is using the guise of national security to get involved in a civil war where neither side is good yet he chooses the side that is genuinely an enemy of our country. As much faux indignation Sen. Boxer has shown towards Sen. Paul, it turns out that Sen. Paul was absolutely spot-on in his assessment of what Pres. Obama is doing. Someone is owed an apology but it’s not Pres. Obama. I think an apology is owed to Sen. Rand Paul and it must come from Sen. Barbara Boxer for besmirching his credibility on national television.
(Editor’s note: The photo attached is a still frame from a CBS report, confirming that although Barbara Boxer didn’t know, even the mainstream media was aware that the White House has provided arms for the Syrian “rebels”.)