Congress Gives Tax Paid Dollars to Lebanese Again. Democrats desperate to give taxes to terrorists

November 14, 2010

Representatives Howard Berman (D-Cal) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) lifted their holds on the provision of military aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces on Friday.

“On August 2, I placed a hold on a $100 million spending plan for military assistance for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) out of concern that this plan did not reflect changing political realities in Lebanon. The following day, August 3, a shooting initiated by the LAF on its southern border, resulting in the needless death of an Israeli soldier, further complicated the situation; Israeli restraint prevented that situation from getting out of hand.”In response to our hold, the Administration initiated a thorough, inter-agency review of its military assistance program for Lebanon. I have been fully briefed, in a classified setting, on the results of that review. As a result, I am convinced that implementation of the spending plan will now have greater focus, and I am re-assured as to the nature and purposes of the proposed package. I also understand that the LAF has taken important steps to prevent recurrence of dangerous and provocative actions like that which occurred August 3. I have also been given reason for confidence that assistance to the LAF has not fallen into the hands of Hezbollah and that every possible measure is being taken by Lebanese and American authorities to prevent that from happening. As a result of these assurances, I am lifting the hold on the $100 million spending plan for the LAF.”I continue to be concerned about developments in Lebanon, and I will continue my ongoing discussions with State regarding the optimal contours of future military assistance for Lebanon. Some of the key elements of the current package are not yet ready for actual delivery to the LAF and will be further notified to Congress prior to actual delivery. We will, of course, further assess the situation at that time.”

The Jerusalem Post has a statement from Lowey’s staff:

“The administration gave detailed briefings and provided thorough, written responses to Congresswoman Lowey’s questions and concerns about the assistance and safeguards in place to prevent it from falling into terrorists’ hands,” a Democratic congressional staffer said of Lowey’s decision to lift the hold on Friday.
“Improving Lebanon’s ability to defend its borders, stop arms trafficking, build institutions and fight terrorist elements is imperative to the security and stability of the region.”

And the Wall Street Journal adds this statement from the State Department.

“We reviewed our assistance to Lebanon and concluded that it is vital, given ongoing challenges to the Lebanese state from Hezbollah and others,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Friday.

Remember what happened to all the weapons that the US supplied to Fatah when Hamas took over in 2007? Look for the same thing to happen in Lebanon between the LAF and Hezbullah. Trust me on this.

via israelmatzav.blogspot.com

it was barely a few weeks after the Lebanese were caught attacking Israel with U.S. guns.



Congress still withholding US military aid to Lebanon

September 23, 2010

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.

that is good news though. Obama will be gone in two years!
Stop supplying $$$$ for murder