Cutting US support to the Lebanese Army is “strategically stupid,”says Ex-US defense official


Lebanese army forces march during a miliFrom the imposing ramparts of a newly constructed military base, fortified by rock-filled blast barriers and an armor-plated watchtower, Lebanese soldiers keep a careful eye on the adjacent border area with Syria, which until not long ago was home to Syrian rebel groups and extremist militants.

International attention on the effort to defeat the so-called Islamic State has focused on the set-piece battles in Mosul in northern Iraq, and now Raqqa, in eastern Syria, the capital of the brutal jihadist group’s self-declared “caliphate.”

But in a remote corner of northeastern Lebanon near the town of Arsal, an estimated 500 ISIS militants are bottled up in rugged barren mountains that straddle the Lebanon-Syria border, surrounded by Lebanese Army troops and fighters from the Shiite Hezbollah organization.

The army closely monitors ISIS movements with newly acquired aircraft, drones, and watchtowers, and barely a day passes without artillery bombardments of the group’s positions in these remote mountains. The daily attrition underlines that, in its small way, Lebanon, the world’s fifth largest per capita recipient of US military funding, is a fully committed member of the global anti-ISIS campaign.

For the army, that’s a long way to come from its status during Lebanon’s civil war and afterward, when it broke apart twice and was just one of several military and paramilitary forces in the country.

Much of its ability today to confront ISIS is owed to the backing of foreign countries, including Britain and especially the United States. Since 2005, the US has plowed more than $1.4 billion into the Lebanese Army, providing weapons, equipment, and training – and helping to significantly boost its capabilities.

But that assistance could soon dry up, as the State Department is proposing drastic funding cuts to Lebanon in its 2018 foreign aid budget, including a complete cessation of the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program. In 2016, the FMF to Lebanon amounted to $85.9 million. The move portends a potentially tougher stance by the administration of President Trump against Lebanon in the months ahead and has sent alarm bells ringing in Beirut and among the Army’s supporters in Washington.

Counterbalance to Hezbollah

Initially, it was hoped that a stronger national army would act as a counterweight against Iran-backed Hezbollah. Officials in the Bush administration saw an opportunity to contain Iran by potentially weakening its Lebanese ally, while Lebanese political opponents of Hezbollah hoped a stronger army would shift the domestic power balance.

Nevertheless, despite the improvements to the Army in the past few years, the well-financed and battle-tested Hezbollah is the true military power in Lebanon. Yet if the initial ambition faltered, the conflict in neighboring Syria and the emergence of extremist groups like ISIS and Jabhat Fatah ash-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, has helped maintain the momentum in Washington for building a stronger Lebanese Army.

“The United States started heavily investing in the [Lebanese Army] after 2006 with the theory that if you built up Lebanon’s national institutions, that would reduce the relative power – and the perceived need for – Hezbollah among Lebanon’s population,” says Andrew Exum, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense in the Obama administration.

While that theory did not pan out, Mr. Exum adds, “it doesn’t mean it was a bad investment.”

“An unexpected benefit of the increased capacity of Lebanon’s Army has been that the United States has had a valuable ally in the fight against groups like the Islamic State and Nusra. That’s why cutting support to the [Lebanese Army] is so strategically stupid,” he says.

 The total US aid budget to Lebanon for 2018 has been slashed by more than 50 percent under the proposed cuts, and Washington’s contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping force operating in south Lebanon has been cut by some $70 million.

“This is a new approach by the administration. It’s all change for Lebanon. There’s a perfect storm brewing against us,” says a Lebanese lawmaker.

Cuts across the board

Yet Lebanon is not alone. Washington analysts say significantly reducing the State Department budget is the overwhelming reason for the proposed cuts.

 The Lebanese Army “is not the only foreign military seeing cuts in proposed US assistance, it’s across the board,” says David Schenker, director of the program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Noting that the administration slated Jordan for a 20 percent cut in its assistance, Mr. Schenker says the difference is that Jordan has strong support in Congress.

“Lebanon just doesn’t have that same kind of constituency,” he says.

Still, analysts and diplomats caution that the State Department’s draft budget is unlikely to be adopted by Congress as it stands, and that pushback from some quarters could see substantial changes to the final paper. The Pentagon backs the military support program to Lebanon, and members of Congress who have visited here recently have come away impressed with the Lebanese Army’s performance, diplomats and analysts say.

The Lebanese Army is set to receive two Super Tucano light attack aircraft in October with another two to follow in 2018 as well as the first batch of 32 M2 Bradley armored fighting vehicles, making Lebanon only the third country alongside the US and Saudi Arabia to field them.

But maintaining the equipment alone costs a substantial annual sum and requires a “steady level of funding” for both the Lebanese Army and supporting industries, notes Aram Nerguizian, senior fellow with the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington who writes frequently on the Lebanese military.

 Critics of the Lebanese Army, meanwhile, say it cooperates too closely with Hezbollah and does nothing to impede the smuggling of weapons into the group’s arsenals in Lebanon nor stop Shiite fighters from crossing into Syria to fight rebels opposed to the Damascus regime. In March, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman described the Lebanese Army as a “subsidiary unit of Hezbollah.”

The reality is more complex, analysts say. The Lebanese Army and Hezbollah represent two military forces crammed into a tiny space that have learned to live with each other, not always comfortably.

Display of state authority

Two months ago, Hezbollah handed over a string of military outposts it had built in 2014 along the mountainous eastern border with Syria to protect nearby Shiite-populated villages from attack by Syria-based militants. The army has been improving the fortifications.

 At the Nimrod base, named after the remains of a nearby Roman temple, an observation tower protected by layers of ballistic steel, bullet-proof glass, and anti-missile mesh netting allows the soldiers to watch over the nearby valleys, potential infiltration routes. The red, white, and green cedar tree flag of Lebanon is emblazoned on all four sides of the tower, a rare display of state authority over a remote and traditionally neglected stretch of the border.

The army is expected to take over the remaining border outposts manned by Hezbollah in the coming weeks, which will result in the Lebanese military establishing an uninterrupted presence along the entirety of Lebanon’s frontier with Syria for the first time since the country’s independence 73 years ago.

Such a feat would not have been possible without the support of the US, Britain, and other nations, which is why, says Mr. Nerguizian of CSIS, the US should continue backing the Lebanese Army.

“If the US is serious about having any kind of relationship with Lebanon, or any kind of clout,” he says, “it starts and ends with the [Lebanese Army].”

Tony Badran, a research fellow specializing in Lebanon and Syria at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, says that the US nevertheless has good reason to worry about the army’s ties to Hezbollah.

“There are still some people out there who buy the argument of Lebanon as a good partner – especially at [the Pentagon] – and some are still convinced by the obsolete notion of the Lebanese standing up to [Syrian President Bashar] Assad,” he says.

“That has now mostly shifted to, ‘Oh, we can benefit from standing them up against the jihadis,’ ” he adds, “and in the end that might save them from being zeroed out.”

WINEP’s Schenker, who from a post in the Pentagon from 2002-06 saw the first fruits of military assistance to Lebanon, says the Lebanese Army has profited from the US assistance – as has the US.

The army is “one of the few operating national institutions in the country,” he says. “They’ve used this money to improve their capabilities, and in some ways that has suited us.”




62 responses to “Cutting US support to the Lebanese Army is “strategically stupid,”says Ex-US defense official”

  1. Danny Farah Avatar
    Danny Farah

    Nassrallah must be kicking his feet up in the air rejoicing this news. Now we are going to hear more craps from the cavemen in Tehran and their slave supporters. As if they have done anything for the LAF since the invasion of Israel in 1982. They armed Hezbollah and Syrian army trained them as well. Nothing and I mean literally nothing was done to help build the army instead hezbollah. So anyone want to make fun of this news I say “kiss mar artz”.

    1. Hannibal Avatar

      I say let’s head to Russia and China for weapons… Get a Chinese and a Russian base in Beirut. That will stop our lovely neighbors dead in their tracks.

      1. Strategist moron

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          Scared much? I hope you have a shelter where you live.

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        2. Steve Paul Avatar
          Steve Paul

          Amen to that.

          1. Hannibal Avatar

            Who’s that schmuck in the picture? He needs to go on a diet…

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          3. Show us your beautiful mug, pal, I’ll give you dieting advice. (Hint: it will mostly involve arsenic).

          4. Hannibal Avatar

            or plutonium… I hear Israhell is good at poisoning people that way. I hope you’re proud Dr. Death.

          5. Got no access to that, pal. And don’t flatter yourself: who would waste valuable plutonium on you? Arsenic it was, arsenic it is.

          6. Niemals Avatar

            Again, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan…

          7. Go to hell idiot fascist sharmuta Kannibal

      2. Danny Farah Avatar
        Danny Farah

        Might be a good idea and it might happen anyway if Israel keep trying to isolate the US from the Middle East.

      3. More idiocy, even though from you nothing else could be expected. I suggest you turn to North Korea. They got a flourishing weapons industry as well.

        Why would the Chinese and the Russians (who may be nasty, but not stupid) need to step into your pile of crap? You really think they want to play your silly “Resistance” games?

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          They already are… in Syria. Or you do not read the news? pal

    2. Yet, the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah work hand in hand every time your lovely Salafist-Wahhabi brothers decide to show up at the border.

      1. Ilami-Gilaki Avatar

        The lovely Salafists want to kick all non-Sunnis out of Lebanon:

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          The salafis want to kick all non-sunnis from planet Earth… What’s your point?

          1. Ilami-Gilaki Avatar

            no point other than that

          2. Something they share with their Talmudic cousins.

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        2. True. KSA (via their puppet Hariri Sr.) wanted to make of Lebanon an Islamic State after all. On a related note, it comes to no surprise that Salafists/Wahhabis work hand in hand with their Zionists cousins in the ME.

        3. True. KSA (via their puppet Hariri Sr.) wanted to make of Lebanon an Islamic State after all. On a related note, it comes to no surprise that Salafists/Wahhabis work hand in hand with their Zionists cousins in the ME.

          Edit: I had not seen the video posted with your comment. While the situation in the ME may have contributed to a rapprochement between Aoun and Hezbollah, I think it also had to do with Syria (and Iran). Aoun left Lebanon in exile to France for not being aligned with Syria – it was either that or jail. To contrast, Geagea stayed put against Syria and was consequently jailed. Many say it was due to his involvement with the killing of the Frangieh family but that is not true. I don’t think that Aoun’s return and rise to power was “free”. Syria and Iran must have given him the green light in exchange for his alignment with them. Aside from Aoun’s exile and Geagea’s imprisonment, this is my opinion.

          1. Ilami-Gilaki Avatar

            So it is true that Hariri wants an Islamic state? Wow, I always thought he was liberal and wanted a westernerized Lebanon. And Aoun opposes Syria and Iran? Didn’t know that either.

          2. Are you trolling?

          3. Ilami-Gilaki Avatar

            You accuse me of trolling more than the Jews on this forum.

          4. I am sure you heard of if a = b and b = c then a = ?

          5. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            another lie of yours fabricating that Harriri wants Islamic states. If it was not for Harriri there would been an islamic states.

          6. Read again: KSA (via their puppet Hariri Sr.) wanted to make of Lebanon an Islamic State. Meaning: make of Lebanon a mostly Sunni Muslim country.

        4. Danny Farah Avatar
          Danny Farah

          maybe and so are Israeli, Daesh and Al nusra. It’s amazing how the mossad are managing Daesh in Iraq and no one has caught up to them yet.

      2. Danny Farah Avatar
        Danny Farah

        My lovely salfist you are trying to rily my feathers and I am pure christian and unlike you who scared of Israel and beat up on their fellow syrians instead. You should put your head in the sand until hell freezes over.

        1. I did indeed pull your leg but didn’t you throw a tantrum where you’d make stuff up.

          1. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            I don’t make stuff up and I just call it as it’s. Yes the West is have no flying angels and they are as guilty as us in our demise and destruction. If Syrian troops didn’t like the Israelis and worse, then Lebanese would have looked back in kindness instead. If Nassrallah stop using Lebanon for the sake of Iran, we would support them in all their constructive endeavors which I have yet to find. If we didn’t blow the whistles on each other during Israeli and Syrian occupations which you don’t the latter ever occupied lebanon i am sure or think they ever hurt Lebanese. we would be much better off now. If our leaders would stop screwing us and give us water, electric and just really some basic needs and get amal and hezbollah supporters to respect the law. we can live in some harmony. I am sure you are going to stick me as salfists which i hate more than Hezbollah. stop blaming the world and if we are united no one can mess with us whether it’s Israel, the west and all the beasts in the east.

          2. You’re either emotionally unstable or you find it difficult to stay coherent and on point. The many “points” of your comment are either irrelevant or disconnected from one another.

            I said I was pulling your leg when I said you’re a Salafist. My reference to you making stuff up was when you wrote: “unlike you who scared of Israel and beat up on their fellow syrians instead.”

            I won’t call you Salafist for being against and hating Amal and Hezbollah. (I can’t stand Amal myself.) Believe it or not, I respect your opinion. It’s the lies and propaganda that I am against.

            I agree that Lebanese politicians are corrupt and selfish but when I read “give us water, electric and just really some basic needs”, I can’t help but wonder if you ever stepped foot in Lebanon. And if so, do you come from a refugee camp? Depending on where in the country, I can understand the electricity issue but water is plentiful.

            You keep on saying that I blame the world but every time I ask you to show me where I say so, you go mute. Who did I blame in this case and for what?

          3. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            i have to agree with you sometimes i jumped from one subject to another and yes sometimes I am thinking straight. But I don’t make up stories and I have lived in Lebanon for decades. I went to Lebanon at least 10 times and everytime it’s the same crap. when i say gives water, electricity I am fighting for my people and nothing else. what I am saying you always push the buttons everytime there is a problem and point at the west. What I am also saying you tend to forget and forgive what the SYrian regime did to Lebanon for 30 years. I have a book on Hafez al Assad and when asked what he thinks of Lebanon he said point blank it’s part of Syria. No one can deny what Israel have done to Lebanon and the palestinians. I for you do not support any peace with Israel until they take all the palestinians and pay back compensations to Lebanon for all war damages. I am changing subject here as you say.. But you seem to always support Hezbollah whenever someone attacks them. But who gave them the right to invite Iran Al QUds brigade and to give them training and help build weapons in Lebanon. who gave hezbollah the right to attack Israeli troops in 2006 so the Iranians can try to see if there new rockets can infiltrate the Murkeva tanks. when you are against anyone including lebanese who are harming Lebanon, then I am with you. But I am not going to pick and choose one enemy of lebanon over another. when I say something against them you and HInd jump the gun and say they protected my family in Syria. well for 30 years they were killing Christians and Muslims in Lebanon. for several years they allowed al Qaeda free passage to Iraq so they can attack American soldiers and even bomb mosque in Iraq. I keep bringing these things up and you tend to shrug it off or say it’s a lie. then you always say it’s america, or britain or somebody else. but never blames Iran, Syria regime what they have done to their own people. i am not say anymore because you want to always have it your way. so have it your way and I am going in different ways.
            One more thing if I was mum on some of your replies it’s because I didn’t see them. make no mistake i will reply to everyone when i see it they are addressing me.

          4. I misunderstood your comment in regards to water, electricity and basic needs in Lebanon. I agree that little has changed over time and it’s mostly due to the Lebanese people who worship and keep re-electing the same goons who shaft them.

            While I do side with Syria in regards to the current war (and I do so because it’s another bogus war for Anglo-American-Israeli hegemony), I don’t when it comes to what they did in Lebanon. Should I be wishing death and destruction on Syria and its people for what the Syrian government did in Lebanon and its people? Also, why did the West turn a blind eye when Syria was in Lebanon for thirty years?

            Like I said, I respect your opinion about Hezbollah. It’s the fabrications and propaganda that I cannot. You claim that Hezbollah has, for thirty years, killed Christians. When and where did that happen? Last time I checked, Hezbollah defends Christians. You stated that Hezbollah gave passage to Al-Qaeda in Iraq to kill Americans. I’d like to see evidence. I never brushed off your comments as lies (if I did, please quote me), I asked/ask you to back up your claims/assertions. If you remember, you’re the one who stormed off a discussion (involving the release of prisoners in Syria) in calling me a liar not too long ago.

            An instance of you backing your claim would be about Hezbollah attacking Israeli troops in 2006 when in fact, Hezbollah captured three IDF soldiers on Lebanese soil (village of Ayta al-Shab). War of 2006 that was planned and started by Israel, the US (from Cyprus) and elements within the Lebanese government (Elias Murr). Ref.: If you have information that shows otherwise, please share.

            I side/support Hezbollah for having resisted the cancerous Zionist tumor. If it wasn’t for them, the entire south of Lebanon (up to the Litani river) would been in Zionist hands. And yes, it came with a price: Iran’s influence/presence in Lebanon. While I agree that Lebanon should be devoid of any external influence, I am not sure how it can ever be possible when the French splits the governments’ power between five groups. I believe it was done on purpose – the Anglo-French are master colonist (division is key).

            If I point the finger at the Anglo-Americans quite a bit, it’s because they have been the most influential weight the Middle East. It was England (and later via its vassal state the US and/or Israel) who discovered oil in the Middle East, who created the Gulf monarchies, who created Israel, traced the many borders of today’s countries in (even through they did so without care and understanding the people), who enthroned and dethroned leaders who sided with them or not, who has supported Wahhabism and the Muslim Brotherhood, who fomented conflicts/wars to arm both sides to continue enriching itself, who brought dictators to power, who started the war in Iraq (based on the WMD lies sold and pushed on the US by Israel), who were behind the “Arab Spring” (it only benefited them), who illegally bombed Libya, etc. Iran did none of that and is not a threat to the West’s security but to their hegemony.

          5. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            Without having to explain each point and I meant the Syrian army killed Christians and Muslims for 30 years in lebanon. Hezbollah during the war killed Christians yes of course but there were killing on both sides. I never said that Hezbollah systematically killed Christians but my resentment with the Iranians and Syrians instead of building a lebanon infrastructure instead help destroy it. you can say Iran supported Hezbollah and armed them instead of the lebanese army. Imagine then had they built us built the infrastructure it would have gone a long way. but all i see they are inciting us against Israel and the latter is not going away. I know they cannot be trusted (Israel) but at least and I believe if we don’t shoot at them then there is not reason for them to shoot back. As far as the 2006 war i don’t believe the soldiers were on Lebanese territories and even if they were which not what I read before, then Nassrallah should have given them back the Soldiers. Israel demanded on several occasions that the soldiers be handed back or lebanon face bombing. Nassrallah or rather Iran and Syria refused to do so. Even Nassrallah in his accounts admitted it was a mistake. so stop making excuses for them please. I know in 2005 Hezbollah tried to infiltrate Israel and hit the Murkava tanks but they bared caused damages to it and it kept on going. Hezbollah is notorious for filming the battlefields. and they showed a video where the iranian made missiles could not disable the tanks. Iranian decided to enhance on the missiles and wanted Hezbollah to test it. Give one damned reason why they attack Israeli soldiers in 2006? Nassrallah was screaming that he wanted Samir QUntar freed. I for one not proud of that killer be freed anyway. He is not different than the Israeli soldiers who attacked Palestinians Children. We suffered over 1000 thousands losses civilians i mean and thousands wounded and billions of dollars of damages to Lebanon infrastructure so Nassrallah the proud manic wanted to free Samir Quntar? I am sure it goes beyond that but really that was one of his main reasons? then last but not least.. Hezbollah hoist the killer of Bashir Gemayel and give him royal treatment.. if the Christians were to host some killer of Hezbollah what the latter would do to us? Yes things changed and unfortunately circumstances forces to side with the Hezbollah and Syrian armed forces but had they done good instead of evil, we would not have harbored so much ill feelings about them. And Lastly I am not afraid of the Israelis or anyone and only have the fear of God in me.
            As far as the West butting in the Middle East yes I agree. But who let the dogs in? and what gives us excuses to fight each other? so we let them succeed in dividing us? As far as wahhabism and Daesh and Al Qaeda all the gulfies helped create them and that you can add Syria and Iran for sure. Yes the US had used them in Afghanistan against Russians but again no excuses for us to let them Daesh in our household. when the SYrian revolutions started there were no bullets fired from the protesters for almost a year. then you see Shabihah clans hunting protesters like animals and treated them as such. well guess what Gumbie I am going to resort to any means to protect myself. Had Assad had shared power and wealth instead of dividing them between his family and cousins, I bet you things will be much better. on one Note Hezballah wanted the government based on proportion of the populations(Sectarian Divide). so why are they siding with Bashar who’s is small minority in Syria instead of letting the majority of the sunnis to rule.. yes you have great points but also if I let my neighbor divide my family heaven forbids, then it’s our fault to let them do that. when we are united nothing can beat us. And I mean Lebanese from all sects come together and share power equally and make great efforts to build the country and get rid of the trash. Then we can beat Israel and the west and every freakin asshole who wants to divide us. Peace!

          6. [I had a web browser page open with this discussion. For some reason, my reply was not posted. Here it is.]

            Syria killed anyone on its way in Lebanon. Hezbollah never targeted Lebanese because they were Christian. Sunnis on the other hand is a different story. In wars of course, an enemy is an enemy – regardless of his religious faith. I agree that (especially) Iran and Syria should invest in Lebanon’s infrastructure. I am guessing that as long as the politicians’ pocket are taken care of, the rest don’t seem to matter.

            I was not aware that Samir Kuntar killed Bashir Gemayel – this is news to me. I’d like to see some kind of information if you have any. As far as calling him a killer (I am not judging, only questioning), I assume you base your opinion on Israel’s narrative: that he kidnapped and killed an Israeli family. Kuntar’s version is different: that the IDF shot/killed the family and blamed it on him. I am sure you heard of: there are two sides to a story and then, there is the truth. Considering Israel and its IDF’s long, proven history of lies, cheat, deceit, terrorism, false-flags and killings, I think that one side of that story and the truth align.

            I don’t understand why you continously blame Hezbollah for Israel’s attacks on Lebanon. To begin, had Israel not invaded and occupied the south of Lebanon (1980-2000), there would be no Hezbollah today. Also, what do you make of Israel’s yearly Lebanese land, sea and air violations – which began long before Hezbollah existed in the 1970s? It’s also worth noting that Israel’s (modern) air space violations are not only meant to spy but also wage a pshycological warfare on the civilian population with sonic booms (exactly what they do to Palestinians). That being said, I do not negate Hezbollah (minimal next to Israel’s) incursions on “Israeli” territory.

            In regards to the war of 2006, your version is the same as the mainstream narrative: that Hezbollah entered Israeli territory to kidnap two IDF soldiers. The other version (stated by several major international news outlet) was different: two IDF soldiers entered Lebanese territory and were captured by Hezbollah in the village of Ayta al-Shab. The IDF then sent additional soldiers and a tank which was destroyed (the tank has not been recovered I believe) by Hezbollah. The six soldiers were also killed in a heated short battle. Considering that the war was planned by Israel as early as January of that year (see below), I am leaning towards the latter version of the story.

            The war of 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah was investigated by an Israeli government-appointed commission of inquiry known as the Winograd Committee. Leaked testimony by Ehud Olmert showed, among many other things, the following:

            1. That Israel planned the war as early as January 2006.
            2. That the war was meant to expand to Syria.
            3. That Hezbollah did want to trade the soldiers but Israel was not interested.
            4. That it was meant to teach a “lesson” to Lebanon as a whole.

            1. Israel planned the war of 2006

            More interesting are the dates mentioned by Olmert. His first discussion of a war against Lebanon was held on 8 January 2006, four days after he became acting prime minister following Ariel Sharon’s brain haemorrhage and coma. Olmert held his next meeting on the subject in March, presumably immediately after his victory in the elections. There were apparently more talks in April, May and July.

            2. Expand the war to Syria

            And second, we have an interview in the Israeli media with Meyrav Wurmser, the wife of one of the highest officials in the Bush Administration, David Wurmser, Vice-President Dick Cheney’s adviser on the Middle East. Meyrav Wurmser, an Israeli citizen, is herself closely associated with MEMRI, a group translating (and mistranslating) speeches by Arab leaders and officials that is known for its ties to the Israeli secret services.

            She told the website of Israel’s leading newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, that the US stalled over imposing a ceasefire during Israel’s assault on Lebanon because the Bush Administration was expecting the war to be expanded to Syria.

            “The anger [in the White House] is over the fact that Israel did not fight against the Syrians. The neocons are responsible for the fact that Israel got a lot of time and space. They believed that Israel should be allowed to win. A great part of it was the thought that Israel should fight against the real enemy, the one backing Hizbullah. It was obvious that it is impossible to fight directly against Iran, but the thought was that its [Iran’s] strategic and important ally [Syria] should be hit.”

            3. Israel not interested in trade

            And finally, when Hizbullah did capture the soldiers, there was a chance for Israel to negotiate over their return. Hizbullah made clear from the outset that it wanted to exchange the soldiers for a handful of Lebanese prisoners still in Israeli jails. But, of course, as Olmert’s testimony implies, Israel was not interested in talks or in halting its bombing campaign. That was not part of the plan.

            4. Teach a lesson to Lebanon

            His leaked testimony to the Winograd Committee — investigating the government’s failures during the month-long attack — suggests that he had been preparing for such a war at least four months before the official casus belli: the capture by Hizbullah of two Israeli soldiers from a border post on 12 July 2006. Lebanon’s devastation was apparently designed to teach both Hizbullah and the country’s wider public a lesson.



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  3. Steve Paul Avatar
    Steve Paul

    Americans have to wonder how their military aid to the LAF is ending up in the hands of Hezbollah terrorists. M113 armored personnel carriers driven by Hezbollah terrorists in Syria is very disturbing indeed. When the next war in Lebanon begins, the LAF and their Hezbollah terrorist buddies will be targeted by the IDF.

    1. Danny Farah Avatar
      Danny Farah

      Americans are wondering also how aiding Turkey and Israel and they ended up getting screwed by both at every opportunity they can. recently Turkey and Israel do not give a damned about Americans. I read a book from a former Mossad agent and when Hezbollah in lebanon targeted the Embassy and the marine compound. IDF and Mossad knew about it in advance and they let it go and even said let the americans get screwed since there were standing in the way of advancement by Marines. and he said specifically Israel will screw the US at every opportunity they can. As far as Hezbollah trust me they have much better arms from Iran and Russia. these tanks would not make much difference anyway. they bombed Markeva in 2006 where no arab army could then. they installed Electronic gears inside Israel and they have infiltrated Israel so many times. so stop your whining about some couple of old tanks and some humvees. to me these were symbolic but we do appreciate it anyway no matter what you all Israeli supporters think.
      Don’t get started or I will unleash more venom your way. And I am no way shape or form Hezbollah supporter.

      1. For as long as Israel thrives, Steve Paul and his ilk can care less that the Zionist State has back stabbed the USA for decades.

        I doubt you read Victor Ostrovsky’s By Way of Deception. He never wrote a word about Hezbollah’s implication in either the US embassy or the Beirut (American and French) barracks bombing incidents. The message of his book was Israel’s Mossad involvement in many false-flag operations in the ME and around the world. The aforementioned events are some examples. The Lockerbie shooting, another.

        All of it were meant to demonize the Middle East and its people in order to legitimize the US foreign-military policy in the ME – coincidentally on time with Oded Yinon’s plan (1982) for the Middle East: fragment it to make of Israel the only power in the region. The same modus operandi has been applied every since.

        1. The half-literate moron knows Ostrovsky and “Oded Yinon’s plan”(tm) by heart. A pity he’s too shy to quote from the “Zion Protocols”. Of course, he never read any of those. All he “knows” to be true he’s gleaned from Nazi websites.

          1. Resorting to character assasination in making all sorts of lies up (that I glean Nazi websites, etc) shows your inaptidue at contradicting what I advanced and mostly that you are a coward.

            Neither Ostrovky’s book nor Yinon’s plan are secrets. It’s out there for anything to read

            The “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is irrelevant in this case and another one of your desperate attempt at attacking the messenger when the message cannot be shaken. Most importantly, it was hardly written by Jews but pinned on them by the British ruling class who have been fomenting anti-Jewish tensions since the late 18th, early 19th century. Little that you know, the average-joe Jews have been used and abused by that class for well over a century to advance their geo-politicical objectives.

      2. “Don’t get started or I will unleash more venom your way. And I am no way shape or form Hezbollah supporter.”

        You’re just another Lebanese “Christian”, always busy looking for excuses for losing your country to a bunch of rabid thugs. Kinda sad, actually.

        1. always busy looking for excuses for losing your country to a bunch of rabid thugs

          Interesting how the Palestinians complain about losing their country to a bunch of thugs as well. (laughing)

          The “rabid thugs” you talk about came to be after the cabbage munching inbred vermin invaded the south of Lebanon to steal more lands (like they did in 1948 in Palestine and 1967 in Palestine, Egypt and Syria). Despite the lack of central power in Lebanon, the cabbage munching inbred vermin had no legal right to invade and occupy.

          The difference is that the “rabid thugs” resisted the cabbage munching inbred vermin for twenty years and sent them back home (read: lands they stole from another people, the Palestinians). The cabbage munching inbred vermin military officials called their retreat from the south of Lebanon a humiliating defeat.

          That being said, when you’re done picking your rectum off the floor, see if you can grow a testicule (I wouldn’t dare suggesting you grown an actual pair), man up and be accountable. Your most despicable ilk came to the ME, brought terrorism, killed, stole, oppressed (and repeated it for the past seventy years). People resisting and fighting is a very natural response.

          1. Again, idiot, Orabians (also including so called in 1964 FaLIEstinians) are stole half of Africa, all ME including Israel Judea, Samaria, Lebanon, Eurape and this is O.K. for you idiot, you are slender Jews

        2. Niemals Avatar

          You Don’t Mess with the Zohan….

          1. Danny Farah Avatar
            Danny Farah

            Well all those who messed with us ended up in hell. PLO, Libya, Syria and Israel get their butt kicked by hezbollah now they are scared of them. keep talking moron.

          2. Niemals Avatar

            Excuse me, “keep talking moron”?
            I don’t like your tone.

            I’m not one of your ME friends or enemies.

            You didn’t get the point of the “Don’t Mess with the Zohan” awesome movie.

            The ME in a nutshell…
            Enjoy it if you can. ????

        3. Danny Farah Avatar
          Danny Farah

          No the Christian kick the PLO out or you forgot Sharon sent the Christian militia to clean up the mess you guys started. you were then bunch of cowards and still scared shit of Hezbollah anyway even though I don’t like them. Besides i was not responding to you so mind your own damned business.

          1. “mind your own damned business” (sic)

            My business here is commenting. What is yours? 🙂

    2. Hannibal Avatar

      The real terrorist is the state of Israel and it’s IDF (D for dogs)… Go pounce sand.

      1. ???????? ???????????????????????? ????????????????????????

      2. You’re sounding less and less (semi-)original and more and more like just another stupid “Arab street” moron. You know those are dime a dozen, don’t you, pal?

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          Not your pal, pal.

          1. “Well, you know, Elaine, sometimes you say a thing like that just to be nice.” (Seinfeld – S05E21: The Hamptons). 🙂

    3. How exactly do you link Hezbollah putting its hands on a (or more than one) M113 in Syria and US military aid to Lebanon allegedly going to Hezbollah in Lebanon?

  4. 5 Ways Hezbollah Violated UN Resolution 1701

    1. Danny Farah Avatar
      Danny Farah

      well Israel has been violating Lebanon and the Palestinians in millions of ways and you are complaining about 5 ways. Can you do better than that.. My friend.

      1. Please, Danny, this is not helpful for peace calling bad wrong political names. So called FaLIEstinians are usual Orabians, selected, chosen in June 1964 in Soviet KGB to fight not Soviet “imperialism”. You are refusing right to defense for Jews from KGB, PLO, Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah etc. Are You liberal fundamentalist?

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