• U.S. Weapons Worth $500 Million Vanish in Yemeni Chaos

    March 24, 2015

    Tags: , ,
    Posted in: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen

    army


    Remember back in the good ‘ole days when America didn’t supply the bad guys with the weapons they’ll use later to kill Americans? Good times, good times.

    Cited by Obama as a model for fighting extremism as he sent the U.S. back into Iraq last summer, the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen has all but collapsed as the country has all but collapsed. Yemen has no government now, and joins a growing list of places where American handiwork has midwifed a new failed state.

    In Yemen, where al-Qaeda vies for supremacy with the home-grown Shiite Houthi rebels supported by Iran, the Pentagon cannot $500 million worth of military equipment the U.S. donated to Yemen since 2007. U.S. officials said instability in Yemen has made it impossible to keep tabs on donated equipment.

    It. Is. Just. Gone.

    “We have to assume it’s completely compromised and gone,” a legislative aide on Capitol Hill, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Washington Post.


    Missing in Action

    Here’s a taste of the equipment no one can find:

    1,250,000 rounds of ammunition
    200 Glock 9 mm pistols
    200 M-4 rifles
    4 Huey II helicopters
    2 Cessna 208 transport and surveillance aircraft
    2 coastal patrol boats
    1 CN-235 transport and surveillance aircraft
    4 hand-launched Raven drones
    160 Humvees

    Take another look. Over a million rounds of ammunition? How can one misplace coastal patrol boats, never mind airplanes and helicopters?

    Lebanon, Iraq, and…

    Not that it is related to the mess in Yemen in any way, but the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon recently announced a new shipment of weapons and ammunition have arrived in Beirut. The Ambassador said the equipment includes more than 70 M198 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery “of all shapes and sizes, including heavy artillery… I know that in a matter of days it’s going to be what your brave soldiers are using in the battle to defeat terrorism and extremism.” Lebanon has become the fifth-largest recipient of U.S. foreign military assistance. Weapons worth more than $100 million were given to Lebanon last year and over a $1 billion worth in the last eight years.

    And also not that it is related to the mess in Yemen in any way, but here’s part of what is on the way into Iraq from the U.S.: 175 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, 15 Hercules tank recovery vehicles, and 55,000 rounds of main gun ammunition for the tanks, about $3 billion worth. In July, General Dynamics received a $65.3 million contract to support the existing Iraq M1A1 Abrams program. In October, the U.S. approved the sale of $600 million in M1 tank ammunition to that country. There have also been sales of all sorts of other weaponry, from $579 million worth of Humvees and $600 million in howitzers and trucks to $700 million worth of Hellfire missiles. With the collapse of the Iraqi army and the abandonment of piles of its American weaponry, including at least 40 M1s, to IS militants.



    Looking Down the Barrell of a Gun

    And so, one must ask the snarky question “So how’s that working out for you?” The current U.S. war “against IS” has spread around like spilled paint around the Middle East, and along with it, the weapons America supplies to one side that often end up in the hands of the other side. Like that spilled paint, once you let go of the guns and bullets, you cannot control where they end up. Whether they go “missing,” are outright sold on the black market for non-sectarian, good old fashioned profit, left on the battlefield for whoever to pick up, or carried over as groups switch side, they can easily end up pointed the wrong way: back at America.


    BONUS: Thanks to American aid, Yemen is estimated to have the second-highest per capita gun ownership rate in the world, ranking behind only the United States.




    Related Articles:




    Copyright © 2019. All rights reserved. The views expressed here are solely those of the author(s) in their private capacity.

    Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedin
  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...

      1

      “When I look up, I see people cashing in. I don’t see heaven, or saints or angels. I see people cashing in on every decent impulse and human tragedy.” -Catch-22 Yossarian to Major Danby, Chapter 42

      03/24/15 12:24 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      2

      quote”Over a million rounds of ammunition? How can one misplace coastal patrol boats, never mind airplanes and helicopters?”unquote

      The same way pallets loaded with billions of dollars in $100 bills disappear into Lebanon. 500 million? Meh. Pocket change.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/12/world/investigation-into-missing-iraqi-cash-ended-in-lebanon-bunker.html

      Whether they go “missing,” are outright sold on the black market for non-sectarian, good old fashioned profit, left on the battlefield for whoever to pick up, or carried over as groups switch side, they can easily end up pointed the wrong way: back at America.”unquote

      Not if America get’s their fucking ass out of their gun sights..like in Yemen. And btw, speaking of weapons pointed at America…

      Who needs foreign weapons when the government decides they want YOU…

      “Looking Down the Barrell of a Gun”(that’s barrel)

      I understand very few of you are aware of what is happening in Washington state, but a line in the sand has just been posted for the collectivist bastards who’s appetite for your rights and property will NOT be satiated. This IS becoming a Fort Sumter. Sooner or later.

      http://www.patrickhenrysociety.com/anti-gunners-fail-to-understand-that-we-will-not-comply/

      quote”Thanks to American aid, Yemen is estimated to have the second-highest per capita gun ownership rate in the world, ranking behind only the United States.”

      The collectivists would be wise to remember that. This is why Yemen is collapsing in the first place. Guns.

      03/24/15 1:56 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

      3

      Meanwhile, weapons manufacturers gatherat the top of the Burj Kalifa in Dubai, lift glasses of $1k per bottle champagne with toasts to “missing weapons”, as new orders come in for replacements with small talk around an Iran deal…

      quote”Not to worry, replies Lockheed CEO, a deal really isn’t likely to happen anytime soon — and even if it does, there’s plenty of war to keep profits high.”unquote

      Indeed. That should be their choice of Presidential candidate’s campaign slogan…WAR OF PLENTY!!!

      https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/20/asked-iran-deal-potentially-slowing-military-sales-lockheed-martin-ceo-says-volatility-brings-growth/

      sheezusHchrist.. if “blatant” were weather these fuckers would be a goddammed 5.9 hurricane.

      03/24/15 2:17 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

      4

      Rich B.,

      Excellent catch from Catch-22. Very sad but too often true.

      I was just asking an associate yesterday to please name a M.E. nation that has been as steadfast an ally to the U.S. as Israel. He named Yeman and Oman, and perhaps one other.

      It doesn’t seem so. “I love you too much, G.I.”, as long as there’s money, honey.

      03/24/15 6:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      5

      “It doesn’t seem so. “I love you too much, G.I.”, as long as there’s money, honey.”

      It never stops even after G.I.s do.

      http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-me-adv-gibill-20150315-story.html#page=1

      03/24/15 9:31 PM | Comment Link

    • U.S. weapons go AWOL | Phil Ebersole's Blog said...

      6

      […] U.S. Weapons Worth $500 Million Vanish in Yemeni Chaos by Peter Van Buren. […]

      03/27/15 1:37 PM | Comment Link

    Leave A Comment

    Mail (will not be published) (required)