COMMENTARY: Thousands of Missiles Go Missing in Libya: Where Is Obama?

By John W. Lillpop

John W. Lillpop

With his customary modesty, President Obama has attempted to sell the American people on the ‘success’ of his leading from behind strategy in the ‘non-hostilities’ waged in Libya.

This braggadocio is issued despite the fact that, as of this date, Moammar Gadhafi is still on the loose when he should have been taken care of ‘within days, not weeks.’

Even more disconcerting is the fact that 20,000 or so surface-to-air missiles have gone missing as reported, in part, at ( :

A recent secret White House meeting revealed that an estimated 20,000 portable, heat-seeking missiles appear to have vanished from an Army warehouse in Libya, reported.

The new revelations stoke ongoing fears that such weapons, which are light, relatively easy to use and have the capacity to take down a commercial airplane, could end up in the wrong hands as the Libyan war that ousted Muammar Qaddafi winds down.

“Matching up a terrorist with a shoulder-fired missile, that’s our worst nightmare,” Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., told

Earlier this month, a senior U.S. official told the Associated Press that weapon proliferation was the “key concern” for the U.S. as Libya emerges from six months of civil war. To be sure, Libya has been struggling to secure many weapon caches.

The U.S. has individuals working with Libya’s new rulers to help stanch the possible proliferation of a wide range of weaponry. Jeffery Feltman warned reporters of the potential proliferation of shoulder-fired missiles and mustard gas.

“This is certainly an issue we are concerned with, the Libyan officials are concerned with, because it poses potential risks not only to Libyans, but to the region as a whole,” said Feltman earlier this month.”

Perhaps  intelligent involvement rather than goofy “leading from behind” would be advised, Mr. President?

Lillpop lives and blogs in San Jose, CA.


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