It appears that U.S. officials gave their blessing for weapons to be sold to rebels in Libya but questions still have not been answered as to whether any of those weapons were used in the attack in Benghazi on an American consulate, according to Texas Rep. Ted Poe.
Texas Rep. Ted Poe said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV that he is now awaiting answer to a second letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as to whose guns were used in the attack that lead to the murder of four Americans.
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Poe also said that financial aid to Egypt should temporarily be stopped while we wait to see how the dictatorial leanings of President Mohamed Morsi work out in the next several months.
“Their blissful silence says wonders,” he said. “It looks like the United States gave the okay to our ally Qatar to ship weapons to rebel groups to overthrow Gadhafi - rebel groups in Libya, probably militant Islamic rebel groups, and where those weapons ended up before the Benghazi attack on our ambassador and Navy SEALs we don’t know. But it looks like the U.S. did get the green light and [give] the wink to Qatar to ship weapons to the rebels.”
Some rebel groups in the Middle East, including some the U.S. works with in Libya, Syria, Qatar, and other countries, are no better than the governments that we’re trying to help overthrow, Poe said. He added that the risk is that we help to make things worse while thinking we’ll make them better.
“Qatar [is] our ally, but yet they are an Islamic state. Who they smuggle those weapons to, we hear the word ‘rebel’ and they’re trying to overthrow a dictator. Some of these rebel groups, both in Libya and in Syria, they are worse than the current government,” Poe said. “They’re more radical than the current government. So we certainly want to know what organizations, what people, specifically, Qatar smuggled the weapons to and then we should go from there. But the United States, apparently, approved of them doing so. That’s why they must have asked us and got some kind of permission to go ahead and smuggle the weapons.”
Based on that, the Congressman said it may still be necessary to have a special select committee to look into certain facets of what happened in Benghazi — especially now that we know the U.S. was at least looking the other way while weapons were funneled to the rebels.
“You’d think we’d learn from history that when we help or are aware of weapons going into different countries, somebody’s going to pick them up and use them and they may not be in the interest of America when those weapons are used,” Poe said. “It looks like in this situation that the U.S. lost control [and] oversight of the weapons that Qatar was smuggling into Libya. Kind of sounds like ‘Fast and Furious,’ when the United States lost control and oversight of weapons that our government helped facilitate smuggling into Mexico. You’d think we’d quit doing that but here’s another example it appears.”
Poe also said that while we continue to deal with fallout from the attack in Benghazi, the dictatorial leanings of Morsi in Egypt must be kept in mind.
Despite his assistance in helping to broker a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, it may be appropriate to hold off on financial support for Egypt until we see whether Morsi is about to embrace his inner dictator or really is trying to keep his country on the proper path to democracy.
“It should be frozen right now until we see how this is going to turn out with the new president, or dictator,” Poe said. “We have the power to do that. We send them billions of dollars every year. Let’s just hold all of it until we find out what they’re going to, who’s going to actually run the government in Egypt. That’s something that makes sense.”
“Americans will be better served if we didn’t send any more aid to Egypt,” he continued. “Freeze it right now. It’s not in our interest to continue to continue to give them money when the new president has become the new dictator.”
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