The Hill reports today that President Obama has issued yet another executive order trashing federal law on U.S. arms sales to begin supplying anti-chemical weapons equipment to insurgent forces in Syria.
Under the Arms Export Control Act, the U.S. is prohibited from authorizing shipment of any item included in what's known as the U.S. Munitions List.
Paragraphs (a)-(c) of Category XIV specifically outlaws exporting “chemical agents” or “equipment for dissemination, detection, and identification of, and defense against” those agents.
Section 121.7(e) explicitly names “nerve agents, gases, and aerosols” under the definition of the chemical agents that the government is explicitly banned from exporting.
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden informs us that by dint of President Obama's awesomeness, the laws forbidding these exports now no longer apply to “"international organizations ... [and] select vetted members of the Syrian opposition, including the Supreme Military Council.”
"This action is part of longstanding and ongoing efforts to provide life-saving chemical weapons-related assistance to people in need in Syria," Hayden added.
Need I mention that the Supreme Military Council, the armed wing of the Obama -backed Syrian Opposition Coalition is Muslim Brotherhood dominated?
Or that the rebels themselves have poison gas?
And have committed numerous atrocities? Although of course, to channel Hillary Clinton, since a lot of them have been carried out against Syria's Christians (it is the Sunni insurgents who are exclusively responsible for the murder and ethnic cleansing of Christians in Syria) what difference does it make?
But wait, there's more. The the shipment will violate another law, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which, in case you've forgotten, mandates anyone suspected of providing material support to al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces is subject to indefinite detention in military custody. The Washington Post reported on September 11 that the The Obama Administration has been sending the insurgents shipments that are “limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked.” However, according to CBS News, the list of materiel being trafficked to Syrian jihadis is a lot more heavy duty:
The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials said Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly.President Obama has approved shipments of weapons and money to the Syrian insurgents, one of whose main components is the al-Qaeda franchise al-Nusra. Does anyone seriously believe that arms and money we've given to the president's Muslim Brotherhood friends hasn't found it's way to al-Qaeda? Oddly enough, this same president, who wants to arm our bitter, sworn enemies the jihadis and is spending taxpayer dollars to do it is doing absolutely everything he can to disarm Americans and destroy their Second Amendment rights. Why? Any 'journalists' out there with the stones to ask him?
My friend and Council mate Terresa over at The Noisy Room has a great piece out that puts this further into perspective.