They can’t even keep the story straight from one paragraph to the next. Was it 2013 or 2012, New York Times?
When Mr. Obama signed off on arming the rebels in the spring of 2013, it was partly to try to gain control of the apparent free-for-all in the region. The Qataris and the Saudis had been funneling weapons into Syria for more than a year. The Qataris had even smuggled in shipments of Chinese-made FN-6 shoulder-fired missiles over the border from Turkey.
The Saudi efforts were led by the flamboyant Prince Bandar bin Sultan, at the time the intelligence chief, who directed Saudi spies to buy thousands of AK-47s and millions of rounds of ammunition in Eastern Europe for the Syrian rebels. The C.I.A. helped arrange some of the arms purchases for the Saudis, including a large deal in Croatia in 2012.
Seymour Hersh exposed these criminal deals already. And those with working bullshit detectors have known all along.
“…even some that American officials were concerned had ties to radical groups like Al Qaeda.”
Really? You’re kidding! You mean after Rep. Kucinich and many were shocked in 2011 that Nato and the USAF were becoming “Al Qaeda’s Air Force” against Qadaffi in Libya?
” “If this is purely a conversation about counterterrorism cooperation, and if the Saudis are a big part of the problem in creating terrorism in the first place, then how persuasive of an argument is it?””
One might say: Impeach Obama and his henchmen? For supporting terrorism? For engaging in Crimes Against the Peace? For Treason?