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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Congress still withholding US military aid to Lebanon

Contrary to reports last week, Congress (Representatives Howard Berman (D-Cal), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) is still holding up US military aid to Lebanon.
U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy said Wednesday that the Pentagon was working closely with Congressmen to resolve their concerns over military assistance to Lebanon.

"We are working closely with members of the U.S. Congress to resolve the concerns they have over military assistance to Lebanon," said Flournoy following talks with Premier Saad Hariri at the Grand Serail.

She reiterated U.S. commitment to Lebanese sovereignty and territorial integrity and the full implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions 1559, 1680, and 1701.

"We remain determined to work with the Lebanese government to extend its authority over all of Lebanon, and to advance political and economic reforms that benefit the people of Lebanon," she said.

Flournoy said this commitment includes U.S. support to the Lebanese army to help the Lebanese government exercise its sovereignty and authority over all of its territory.
This is nonsense. The Lebanese government is controlled by Hezbullah and unfortunately only a civil war will stand a chance of removing that control. The Lebanese army, under the watchful eyes of UNIFIL, has allowed the reconstitution of Hezbullahland in southern Lebanon. Worst of all, the Lebanese army is now under the control of Hezbullah.

US military aid to Lebanon ought to be withheld. Lebanon is on the wrong side.


At 8:52 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Meeting at the "Grand Serail"? That does not bode well; the Grand Serail is the main holding pen for the sheiks' harem!

At 8:55 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

UNIFIL = Unifi-dle while the Middle East burns! They are worse than nothing, just spies for the united nazis!

At 9:48 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yup. Selling advanced American military technology to Hezbollah isn't a good idea under ANY circumstances.

Let's hope that US military aid to Lebanon keeps being blocked indefinitely.


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