Obama sending weapons to Somalia while disarming Americans, say critics
On the same day President Barack Obama kicked off his week of gun control campaigning in Connecticut, in hopes of passing new gun laws affecting American citizens, Obama on Monday approved the providing of arms to Somalia in order for the African nation's government to more effectively fight Al-Shabaab terrorist, according to reports.
The White House announced that theCommander in Chief signed a presidential determination allowing for "the furnishing of defense articles and defense services" to Somalia, saying the move will "strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace."
"This administration is intent on incrementally disarming Americans while at the same funneling arms that regularly find their way into the hands of terrorists and insurgents eager to kill Americans overseas," notes former police training officer Kelly Laughlin.
"There are reports that strongly suggest the arms given to Libyan rebels in their fight against a dictator are now being found in the hands of rebels in Syria, many of whom are members of Islamic terrorist organizations," said Laughlin.
Secretary of State John Kerry is being given the responsibility of deciding what weapons and equipment will be offered for use by the Somali security forces.
With the help of military resources, including troops, from the African Union, the Somali military officials claim they drove the al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab out of Somalia's major cities in recent months, and in January the Obama White House officially recognized the new government led by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the first permanent central government in the nation since the start of the Somali civil war in 1991.
However, according to U.S. intelligence analysts, Al-Shabaab terrorists stormed the southern town of Hudur following the withdrawal of Ethiopian and Somali government troops. In addition, Al-Shabaab terrorists have entered other African nations in the region and perpetrated terrorist acts including suicide bombings, grenade attacks and cop-killings.
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution last month lifting the arms embargo on Somalia put in place since 1992, in an effort to strengthen forces against the Al-Shabaab fighters. The resolution doesn't include large-scale weapons like surface-to-air missiles, heavy artillery, and landmines.
Critics of the arming of Somali forces point to the current problems occurring in Libya where weapons caches are being sold to other nations and paramilitary groups.
For example, according to a Fox News Channel report, "the weapons that helped Libyan rebels oust dictator Muammar Qaddafi are turning up for sale at clandestine auctions in Egypt’s lawless Sinai Desert, where shadowy buyers purchase firearms for Al Qaeda and Hamas operatives."