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Monday, May 24, 2010

Mr. Hariri comes to Washington

Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri visits Washington on Monday for his first White House meeting since becoming Prime Minister. The elephants in the room are Hezbullah and Syria, and it seems that the best outcome of the meeting is that Lebanon will agree to abstain on a sanctions reslution at the UN Security Council (Lebanon is a temporary member of the Council).

Michael Schenker has a great analysis of the meeting here. Here's the part I found most curious of all:
In another notable development, Hizballah has begun targeting Washington's agreement with the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, particularly the standard end-use clause that prohibits the transfer of U.S. equipment to terrorist organizations. During an April interview on al-Manar, Nasrallah called the agreement "insulting" and criticized it for applying a U.S.-defined terrorist label to Hizballah. This controversy may constitute Hizballah's initial salvo against Washington's burgeoning defense cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).
I have to wonder why Washington is not calling for a review of its cooperation with the LAF. As I have noted on many occasions, the LAF is dominated by Hezbullah and Hezbullah sympathizers. While it may be a matter of 'honor' for Hezbullah not to be openly excluded from having US military equipment transferred to it, de facto, there is not much difference between the current situation and a situation where that transfer is taking place openly.

Yes, the US is currently effectively arming Hezbullah. And don't expect Obama to stop it.


At 8:18 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

The US government has gone rogue.

They are no different to North Korea.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Don't expect Obumbler to reverse the Hezbollah-Syrian-Iranian dominance of Lebanon any time soon.

What could go wrong indeed


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