U.S. sold $40 billion worth of weapons to Muslim nations in 2011

They will be used against us. via Testosterone Pit – President Obama Must Release The Truth About Benghazi.

In 2011, the United States overseas weapons sales tripled to $66.3 billion, accounting for approximately three quarters of all the foreign weapons sales in the worldOver half of the American sales, $33.4 billion worth of weapons, went to Saudi Arabia.  Another $6 billion went to the Persian Gulf nations of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman.

According e-mails from Stratfor Global Intelligence hacked by WikiLeaks, Chief Executive Jamie Smith of “security” firm SCG International stated his organization had been contracted to U.S. intelligence agencies to supply arms to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in Libya and was now working with Saudi Arabia and Qatar to provide weapons to hard-liner Islamic jihadists brigades to overthrow Assad in Syria.  Smith stated that SCG was also working to recover missing Libyan surface-to-air missiles from Benghazi, Libya.

In March of 2011, Chris Stevens was appointed by Secretary of State Clinton as the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan rebels, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group  (LIFG).  Shortly thereafter, a non-fly-zone was declared by the U.S. and Stevens moved into Benghazi, Libya.  When Libya was liberated in September, Stevens moved to Tripoli as the U.S. Ambassador.

Libya was ruled by a National Transitional Council until elections were held on July 7, 2012.  LIFG formed the al-Umma al-Wasat political party under Sami al-Saadi, who had sent so many warriors to fight in Afghanistan that Taliban leader Mullah Omar called him the “Sheikh of the Arabs”.  There was increasing violence leading up to the election.  On June 6th an IED blew a hole in the security wall at the Benghazi Consulate “big enough for 40 men to go through”; on June 10th, the British ambassador’s car was attacked in Tripoli; and in late June, the International Red Cross in Benghazi was attacked.  After the British and Red Cross withdrew, the U.S. flag over the American Consulate was the last international target in Benghazi.  But the environment became much more dangerous when al-Uma al-Wasat only came in third place in the elections.

LIFG had been making great money selling Gaddafi’s estimated stock of about 20,000 portable SA-7 heat-seeking missiles to the Syrian rebels, who used them to shoot down Syrian helicopters and fighter jets.  Last month The Times of London reported that a Libyan ship named ‘The Intisaar’ had berthed at the Turkish port of Iskenderun with docking “papers stamped by the port authority by the ship’s captain, Omar Mousaeeb” of Benghazi.  The ship reportedly carried 400 tons of weapons for Syrian rebels, including SAM-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.  The Times stated that the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood movement and Free Army claimed the cargo for themselves, which “delayed the arrival of the weapons in Syria.”

Continue reading for more insight on the Benghazi attack.

13 Responses

  1. This makes me sick to my stomach!

  2. Hasn’t America learned its lesson? What was it, 25,30 years ago supplying weapons to Afghanistan to fight the Russians, then years later was attacked by these evil scumbags?

  3. Yeah, well, that’s been the SOP for years. Such sales have been a lot more controversial in Germany and other parts of Europe because human rights activists have denounced the selling of weapons to authoritarian and semi-authoritarian states, and states like Saudi Arabia that have cracked down against Arab Spring dissidents.

    These Arab states are highly militaristic and in that sense make a good market for our defense industry to sell products to.

    In one aspect I would defend such sales. The U.S. invested a lot of blood and money into Iraq. What did we get in return? Not a lot of oil contracts, which have gone to the Chinese, Europeans, etc. But we’ve been able to sell fighter planes, weapons, etc., to Iraq and recoup some of our losses.

    • Recoup our losses? How many weapons sales make up for the blood of American soldiers? And how much of that profit went to the families of those who sacrificed their lives? None.

      Time to read War is a Racket – http://warisaracket.com/

      Written by Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Major General Smedley D. Butler USMC, Retired

      • Would it be better for them to buy their arms from Russia?

        But you may be right, and I may come around to your point of view at some point.

        • The post is not saying “should” or “should not” it’s pointing out a fact to readers that might be surprised at the large % of sales to the Saudis and Persian Gulf nations.

          The comment was in response to your ‘recoup losses’ comment. Blood is not an investment. It’s a sacrifice. A tragic personal loss for most families. It’s not repaid in/by money (it is under sharia).

          Clearly the defense companies have no concerns regarding the Saudi’s having long been considered sponsors of Islamic terrorism. Should they be used against us or our allies the best we can expect are useless congressional hearings.

          Maybe a better context for Money Jihad is American banks sharia operations in these same countries. Based on your excellent blog posts you oppose that. Generally, banking execs in the U.S. could care less about what sharia is or supports – if they even have a clue. They are just in it for the profit.

  4. Until the United State started “ARMS for Peace” we had few Conflicts in developing Countries. I thought It was the most STUPID and bazaar plan that had ever been Hatched at that time. But I knew the Hatched plan was only a ploy to sell weapon. YEAH give these uneducated idiots weapons and see how they use them.

  5. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

  6. All those strange Ammo orders placed by the Obama ADM. went with the Middle East Gun Running Program, And Killed AMERICANS In Benghazi, and some back on the streets of AMERICA.

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