I haven't shot the LE enough to make a compairsion. I'm more into the US Military Bolt rifles.
But in this case I do know something on the subject and you're all wet on this subject.
And per the op on the M16. Lovely superior precision engineering and machining, but it does not work in the muck and the good and sand like an AK.
I found the M16 handled the muck and crap as well as any AK, beyond that the M16 has the AK beat in every catagory excluding the fact that AK is cheaper to flood the third world market.
The AK vs M16 is off topic, start another post and I'll flood it with proof you're totally in left field on the M16 topic.