We are only days away from the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and American officials are concerned that 11 missing Libyan jets could be instrumental in an upcoming repeat of that day. To be sure, the news that Islamic militia Libyan Dawn had lost the aircraft from Tripoli International Airport is unsettling. That extremists could use the jets on the anniversary of 9/11 to devise a devastating attack is enough to have intelligence insiders probing deeply into their sources to find out where the planes are.
The situation in Libya has been unstable since Obama threw his support behind the Arab Spring uprising that led to Gaddafi’s downfall. Rebels were ultimately responsible for the dictator’s brutal death, but their success would not have been possible without NATO (read: American) support. America largely applauded Obama’s actions in the region, even though his intervention was unauthorized by Congress and illegal. What it left in its wake was a country without leadership, and – surprise, surprise – Islamic terrorism has sprung up to fill the gaps.
We got a taste of that terrorism on September 11, 2012. While Obama was preoccupied with his campaign, the forces of Ansar al-Sharia – Libya’s al Qaeda affiliate – were getting ready to attack. They targeted the U. S. embassy in predictable fashion, even as Hillary Clinton’s State Department denied repeated requests to bolster security at the facility. Their failure to stay on top of the game led to the deaths of Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods. Even after the attack, Obama was hesitant to call it for what it was: terrorism.
Now that Islamic militias have lost (or stolen) 11 commercial jets, we can only hope that the administration is making this a concern. According to U.S. intelligence officials, the missing jets accompany what they refer to as “increased chatter” among Islamic terror networks as the 9/11 anniversary approaches.
“We’ve noticed a significant increase in chatter among Islamic terrorist organizations overseas both on the Internet and phone lines,” one anonymous official told The Blaze. “This is certainly concerning, but as of yet we can’t pinpoint what or if they are planning a particular attack. We did see this kind of increase in chatter before the September 11 attacks.”
At every step along the way, Obama’s administration has been behind when it comes to fighting the war on terror. They have been especially wide of the mark when it comes to the situation in Libya. Just this weekend, video surfaced showing armed fighters relaxing in a U.S. diplomatic agency pool.
The idea of Islamic terrorists using these jets to create a disaster of epic proportions is extraordinarily unlikely. It’s not even a certainty that the planes are in the hands of terrorists. That said, it’s important to remember that the events of 9/11 seemed equally unlikely…before they happened. Let’s not wait to see whether or not these jihadists are up to the job.