Hey, you know what you can use surface-to-air missiles to accomplish? The destruction of airliners. I’m sure terrorists have no interest in that, right? Oh, wait…
U.S. officials had once thought there was little chance that terrorists could get their hands on many of the portable surface-to-air missiles that can bring down a commercial jet liner.
But now that calculation is out the window, with officials at a recent secret White House meeting reporting that thousands of them have gone missing in Libya…
The nightmare has been made real with the discovery in Libya that an estimated 20,000 portable, heat-seeking missiles have gone missing from unguarded Army weapons warehouses.
The missiles, four to six-feet long and Russian-made, can weigh just 55 pounds with launcher. They lock on to the heat generated by the engines of aircraft, can be fired from a vehicle or from a combatant’s shoulder, and are accurate and deadly at a range of more than two miles.
Gaddafi was a bastard to his own people but he had no use for the likes of Al Qaeda in today’s world. He viewed such Islamists are a threat to his reign and so kept them in check. The UN and Obama destroyed that check.
So now instead of one calculating, bastard dictator having these missiles, we have no idea where they are or even who possesses them. They could be in the hands of people who want to down commercial airliners. They could be dispatched to hundreds of Al Qaeda operatives, who could stand near an airport and down planes.
This is why you put boots on the ground if you’re going to launch a war to remove a government. You need someone to control the weapons which are soon unguarded. But no one in this weak-ass coalition had the balls to do what was necessary to control the ground situation. And now we have 20,000 surface-to-air missiles missing. Good job.