President Obama Waives Law; Arms Syrian Rebels


by Onan Coca

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.

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