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  •  According to one linked report... (2+ / 0-)
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    the WSJ report (emphasis mine)

    ...the State Department presence in Benghazi "provided diplomatic cover" for the previously hidden CIA mission, which involved finding and repurchasing heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals. These weapons are presumably from Muammar Gaddafi's stock of about 20,000 portable heat-seeking missiles, the bulk of which were SA-7 surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles.

    What's odd is that a Libyan ship—which reportedly weighed 400 tons and included SA-7s—docked in southern Turkey on Sept. 6 and its cargo ended up in the hands of Syrian rebels. The man who organized that shipment, Tripoli Military Council head Abdelhakim Belhadj, worked directly with Stevens during the Libyan revolution.

    Stevens' last meeting on Sept. 11 was with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin, and a source told Fox News that Stevens was in Benghazi "to negotiate a weapons transfer in an effort to get SA-7 missiles out of the hands of Libya-based extremists..."

    Given that most of the weapons going to hard-line jihadists in Syria are U.S.-made and are being handed out by the CIA, it's not a stretch to wonder if the CIA is indirectly arming Syrian rebels with heavy weapons as well...

    It's also not a stretch that the "Libya-based extremists" would want to stop the CIA/ Ambassador Stevens from "Getting SA-7 missiles" out of their hands.  

    It's also not a stretch that the Syrian government--and it's supporters would be doing all in their power to prevent anyone from "indirectly arming Syrian rebels"...

    So--for McCain, Graham, etc to endanger national security by broadcasting the details of covert CIA missions in Libya (or anywhere) to the bad guys is not just irresponsible; IMHO, it's criminal.

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