President Obama announced today that he would “waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction.” Those two sections of the Arms Export Control Act make it illegal for our government to send weapons to nations described in another section of the Act: “The prohibitions contained in this section apply with respect to a country if the Secretary of State determines that the government of that country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” These provisions of the Act are supposed to guarantee that our government will not arm or give aid to our enemies, and yet here we have our President simply waiving the provisions the first time a case that fits the circumstances presents itself.
The President, in all his wisdom, has waived these provisions and will begin to arm the Syrian rebels — including terrorists — who hope to one day play a role in our destruction. Al-Qaeda is one of the strongest elements in the rebel ranks and there can be no doubt that some of our weapons will fall into the hands of these terrorist monsters… but the President is hell bent on arming the rebels, consequences be damned.
The Act does provide provision for the President to waive these rules: “determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States.” This section of the law is the reasoning the administration provided for waiving the prohibition on supplying arms to our enemies. “The transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States.” Nothing we’ve been provided by way of reasoning for involvement in Syria justifies our involvement for national security purposes.
In fact, quite the opposite… what we’ve been told is that if Assad falls there is a very real chance that weapons of mass destruction will fall into the hands of terrorist groups bent on our destruction.
The national media has already reported that we’ve been providing material support to the Syrian rebels, including al-Qaeda, for quite some time. Yet, for some reason, they’ve failed to explain why the CIA was already providing weapons and support to the Syrian rebels out of Benghazi. It’s becoming obvious that the President never cared about the provisions of the Arms Export Control Act and this recent action waiving the prohibition was simply to keep up appearances.
Our President has spent the last five years ruling over us, instead of leading us. He has been part of a climate shift in Washington, DC that has turned our representatives into oligarchs. This is simply another piece of evidence to add to the growing pile of terrifying proof. Over the last few months the NSA has shredded our 1st, 3rd and 4th Amendment rights. The Justice Department has trampled our 1st Amendment rights. The State Department has lied to us and taken part in the cover-up of various scandals, including the murder of 4 Americans in Benghazi. The IRS has ignored our 1st Amendment freedoms and then dared to be belligerent in the face of our questions. Many other agencies have taken part with the ones already mentioned to undermine our freedoms and our values, while pretending it’s for our own “good.” Now the President simply speaks and the law is ignored while we give aid to our enemies.
This failure to follow our laws is simply another example in a long train of abuses partaken by the government of the United States against the people of this country. What are simple citizens who love their country supposed to do when faced with such an unscrupulous and duplicitous government?
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