ATTENTION: 20,000 surface to air and anti tank missiles missing in Libya

Approximately 20,000 portable surface-to-air missile and Russian made anti-tank missiles as well as rifle and anti aircraft ammunition have gone missing in Libya. A couple of those weapons are explained in the graphic above. (Click on to enlarge).

After a 6 month civil war that ended Qaddafi’s 42-year rule and sent him into hiding allowed the regime’s extensive armories to be fully exposed and available to looters, former rebel fighters or anyone with a truck to carry weapons away.

Weapons that could be used to knock down military planes, helicopters or drones as well as cause destruction and damage to innocent civilians.

With the US govt unsure as to who is leading the rebels in Libya and Defense Secretary Robert Gates stating that its “very possible that Al Qaeda is leading the rebellion” and the significance impact of Hamas and Hezbollah in the area makes this matter gravely serious not only for America’s security but also for Israel’s security.

Today, the White House released a press statement saying it will boost efforts to find and destroy the weapons stockpile and last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Libya’s new leaders to secure the chemical weapons and convention weapons supply.

Yet at the same time, visits by The Associated Press to weapons caches around Tripoli (the capital of Libya) show that many remain poorly guarded and have already been heavily looted.

AP reported that 12 rebels wandered around one site where a large hangar was strewn with the boxes of missing weapons. Rebels at another site were leaving with a load of tank shells they said they were taking to a safe place for storage. They acknowledged, however, that they’d found the site unguarded.

At one unguarded site, Bouckaert said he found 100,000 anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. Elsewhere, he found weapons caches hidden under fruit trees.

On a positive note,  the U.N. chief weapons watchdog said Wednesday that Libya’s remaining chemical weapon stockpiles are believed to be secure but we must remain ever viligent.

Let’s pray that we find them and confiscate the weapons before they are used against us and/or our allies.

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SOUND OFF: Pakistan is not acting like a friend of the US; withdraw $7.5 billion/5 yrs of financial aid from Pakistan?

With bin Laden found in Pakistan and Pakistan throwing up roadblocks in the US accessing informative links and interviewing bin Ladens’ wives conjoined with India accusing Pakistan of harboring 50+ criminals shows me that Pakistan is, indeed, harboring terrorists.

Not too mention that there seems to be a slow down of the Blackhawk helicopter shipment that was accidentally left in Pakistan.

Does anybody know the Blackhawk tail shipment status? As far as I know, it has not been received.

If Pakistan allows China to inspect the tail of the Blackhawk helicopter,  that would give us enough reason to defund the Kerry-Lugar Act which affords Pakistan $7.5 billion over a 5 year period for Pakistani actions will have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt,  that the US does not have a friend in Pakistan.

In the Senate, two legislators control the writing of key legislation that allocates Pakistani aid have been particularly critical: Senate Armed Services chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) and Senate Appropriations State and Foreign Ops subcommittee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

They are joined by House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Howard Berman (D-CA), who issued a blistering statement on criticizing the administration’s handling of the military assistance to Pakistan.

“Under the current legislative scheme, I don’t think our military assistance is serving the interests we are intending it to serve,” Berman said.  “What I’m asking the administration to do is focus on getting Pakistan to change its approach and go after extremist groups. If they’re not successful, we should reconsider giving this money.”

Berman was critical of the administration’s decision to certify that Pakistan “demonstrated a sustained commitment towards combating terrorism,” a requirement under the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid bill passed last year, which is worth $7.5 billion over 5 years, in which, I have to concur- considering that bin Laden was in Pakistan for several years in Abbottabad, Pakistan minutes away from a police office.

He also argued that a huge fund to reimburse Pakistan for counterterrorism operations, known as the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund (PCCF), has not been effective.

In a bi partisan effort in the House,  Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) have called for a review of the Kerry Lugar Berman funding in the wake of the bi Laden killing. As leaders on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee, they play a role in authorizing the funds each year.

For me,  I feel that we must use our military and economic financial aid as a leverage to get Pakistan to comply to our wishes.

For starters,  Congress could require the administration to certify that Pakistan is cooperating with the bin Laden investigation as well as adding  financial strings to the Blackhawk helicopter tail that Pakistan needs to send back to the US pronto and their willingness to dismantle their nuclear capabilities.

Negotiation is critical in this manner and I hope Senator John Kerry (D-MA) who is over in Pakistan can reason with our so-called friends. If the Pakistanis want to focus on the fact that their sovereignty was breached even though they were harboring terrorists;  then perhaps we need to start cutting their economic/military aid in percentages with the willingness to drop it to zero altogether.

We have to be careful, though, because if we remove the aid before we get the helicopter back- the Pakistanis will most likely sell our military intelligence to China.

Its most definitely a tricky situation but one that can be manipulated if we handle our financial aid to Pakistan accordingly.

SOUND OFF: Do you think we should eliminate the $7.5 billion that we are spending to help Pakistan? Should we cut military aid, economic aid or both and why?

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