What could possibly go wrong? From our President:
“I hereby find that the furnishing of defense articles and defense services to the Federal Republic of Somalia will strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace.”
Thus wrote Obama to Secretary of State John Kerry. The idea that Obama has “found” that arming the group currently occupying Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia—or rather, the “capital” of “Somalia,” a territory under various opposed governments/gangs—will promote “world peace” is almost funny. Despite the lack of sovereignty over more than a tiny fraction of the land of Somalia, Western powers are acting like the “election” of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as “President” is some kind of “great step forward.”
This is, at best, a huge gamble where our President has more or less become a dictator and kingmaker overseas. Did the Founding Fathers envision a nation state with a single popularly elected leader who could send money and weapons to favored nations to help those governments overcome all opposition? The New American points out that the memo shows no sign of how Obama can claim this sort of authority:
“It was not immediately clear what section or language in the Constitution the president believes would authorize arming the leftist Somali regime or any other foreign governments. However, as Obama has made clear throughout his administration — in both foreign and domestic policy — the Supreme Law of the Land appears to be of little concern. Like previous presidents, the current White House occupant has been lawlessly arming and training various regimes and militant groups around the world despite the lack of any constitutional authority to do so.”
This is bad enough, but the new “Somali” regime is not just leftist. It is associated with al-Islah, Somalia's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. We are assured that the new president is a “moderate” Islamist, but it is not clear what “moderate” means other than: willing to support US objectives with US weapons, training, and money.
Just a reminder of what we all know: Christians in the Middle East are getting persecuted in new and more horrible ways thanks to “the Arab Spring” and US support for Sunni-related terrorist regimes. In Egypt, under their Muslim Brotherhood regime, churches are being destroyed and Christians murdered. Syria had a long tradition of tolerating Christians, but now they are fleeing for refuge to churches and monasteries in Turkey, to escape persecution from the “Muslim extremists” who are the Syrian rebels. These are the same rebels the CIA is working with the Muslim Brotherhood to arm.
So now we’re arming the same ideology in Somalia to bring about “world peace.” Seriously.
For the record, I’m not saying I care what branch of Islam governs in what part of the region we call Somalia. What I am saying is that it is not our business, and we can use the money at home. My suggestion would be that Obama cease trying to arm any Muslim Brotherhood faction and, at the same time, desist trying to disarm his own people.