At the time of the publication of this commentary, INN had just learned that the Pentagon is evacuating the remaining US Special Operations forces out of Yemen amid security fears.
By Andrew Malcolm | Investor’s Business Daily
You know how sometimes you lose your cellphone, so you ask a family member to call it? And finally you detect the ringing under the bed where the phone fell? Happy ending.
Well, this story is not like that. It seems the Obama administration has misplaced some military equipment, a large amount of military equipment. A very large amount, actually. It doesn’t know where about $500 million in weapons and equipment is, in fact.
That’s $500,000,000 — a half-a-billion dollars. Almost as much taxpayer money as it blew on that solar energy company Solyndra, owned by an Obama bundler. Except the Solyndra money went down a political rat-hole.
This $500 million loss is actual weapons that the U.S. gave to Yemen as part of our joint anti-terrorism program — and can now be used against American and other friendly forces. You probably didn’t hear much about this weapons disaster because only the Washington Post uncovered the story while most attention focused on more unnecessary Hillary Clinton controversies.
Yemen, you may recall, is the country that Barack Obama hailed as such a big success as recently as last fall. Announcing his suddenly-found strategy to fight ISIS in September, Obama said:
“This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground.
This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”
Unfortunately, all that success came to a smoking halt this winter when Yemen’s cooperative government collapsed and Iran-backed rebels took over. Administration officials claimed surprise at the speed of the collapse. There seem to be a lot of surprises with this administrations — death of the Arab Spring, Benghazi, the explosion of ISIS.
So surprised was the State Department this time that much of the embassy in Sana’a was just abandoned — equipment, computers, vehicles, Marine weapons — during the hasty evacuation.
Since our partners within the government were also on the lam, the Pentagon now finds it impossible to account for hundreds of millions of dollars in guns, ammo, explosives, RPGs, vehicles, night-vision goggles. The Houthi rebels could have some of the lethal treasure. So could the al Qaeda affiliate we’ve been droning there.
Some of it could even go to supply global operatives of Iran, the world’s largest exporter of terrorism, as Obama negotiates a hollow nuclear pact with the mullahs.
This president has had a lot of problems with weapons — and embassies. Before Yemen, the Libyan embassy was abandoned last year to marauding militias.
Obama dithered in recent years providing weapons to moderate Syrian rebels, who’ve now been largely subsumed by other forces, including ISIS.
For more than a year Ukraine’s government, which we claim to support, has pleaded for defensive weapons to counter the slow-motion annexation of eastern Ukraine by Russian rebel forces. Instead, Obama sent tents and field meals for troops.
In its total withdrawal from Iraq in 2011,Obama’s administration left behind more than $200 million in modern weaponry for the Kurds. Alas, Baghdad never delivered it to them. But by his complete troop withdrawal, Obama had relinquished any leverage he might have had.
When ISIS killed its way across much of Iraq last year, U.S.-trained Iraqi government troops often dropped their weapons and fled, arming ISIS with modern American weaponry and vehicles, which coalition planes bomb now and then.
So, the U.S. is currently trying to destroy gear it left to fight terrorists, who are themselves using it against outgunned Kurdish troops that Obama has inexplicably declined to arm.
However, Obama has managed to organize another Student Film Festival, which he will host this afternoon at the White House.