Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Folly: U.S. arms find their way to Islamic extremists

Americans are learning more about the latest piece of major folly the United  States has stumbled into in the Middle East, providing arms indirectly to  Islamic extremists, considered to be our most important foe, in Libya and  Syria.

It almost certainly wasn’t done deliberately, but what occurred was that some  in the administration of President Barack Obama wanted to provide military aid  to the rebels against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya and, subsequently,  to Syrians fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Knowing that probably most Americans, including in the Congress, would not  want the United States to involve itself in the civil wars in either Libya or  Syria to the degree that providing arms to one side or the other would have  represented, the Obama administration decided instead to provide arms, or money  or other materiel translatable into arms, to the Libyan and Syrian oppositions  through third parties.


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