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Stimson event cited in The Forecaster on the history of bungled American arms deals

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The Right View: Iran Contra, Benghazi, and the media matter

When will we ever learn? Show me a time in history where gun running by the United States government has resulted in a positive outcome.

While I don’t doubt the Gipper’s heartfelt desire to eradicate communism back in the day, the Iran Contra affair was an utter disaster. Now we have Benghazi.


In a February 2012 speech at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC., Andrew J. Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, described an unprecedented multi-million-dollar U.S. effort to secure anti-aircraft weapons in Libya after the fall of Gadhafi’s regime ($40 million, in fact, according to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton). He explained how U.S. experts were fully coordinating the collection efforts with the Libyan opposition.

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