05 September 2007

U.S. and Lebanon: Strategic Partners

"The United States, as one of Lebanon's strategic international partners, is proud to have provided supplies and training for the army at the request of the democratically elected Lebanese Government to help in combating this terrorist threat."

These are the words of U.S. Ambassador J. Feltman as he praised the Lebanese government and its army for achieving a "decisive victory" on Fatah al-Islam terrorists.

Six questions (for now):

1– Since we are “strategic partners” with the U.S., should we be expecting military aid of the same magnitude that the U.S. gave and will give to her other strategic partner in the neighborhood?

2– How come the Lebanese Government official said on TV that the army was ill–equipped and that all the “supplies” received were fully paid for by Lebanese Government?

3– What will happen to the arms embargo enforced on the Lebanese army with the purpose of ensuring the military superiority of the other strategic partner?

4– How come the Lebanese Army officers disclosed that they had to improvise and come up with “hand made” bombs that were later dropped from helicopters in the battles. Something, they insisted, was never ever done in the history of war.

5– Why do U.S. officials keep referring to the government in Lebanon as “democratically elected” when they know we only democratically (?) elect the representatives who in turn elect the president who in turn, after consultations, appoint the government?

6– Did the super-duper-rocket-fuel-powered-humvees provided by the U.S. have anything to do with the decisive victory achieved by the army? Or was it some top secret smart bomb left over from last summer?

Now I’m digressing. Forgive me.

But just to be fair I have to mention that the ambassador also said that Washington looks forward to joining reconstruction efforts to help Lebanese citizens and Palestinian refugees who had been displaced by the violence at Nahr al-Bared and its environs.

That I will have to see!

photo

2 Comments:

Ibn Bint Jbeil said...

don't worry moussa, if lubnan is ever attacked again, the u.s. will rush to defend it immediately, with its own anti-aircraft equipment.

you asked: Why do U.S. officials keep referring to the government in Lebanon as “democratically elected” when they know we only democratically (?) elect the representatives who in turn elect the president who in turn, after consultations, appoint the government?

don't forget as well that we "democratically elect" those representatives based on ta'ifiyeh representation.

M Bashir said...

didn't forget that bit IBJ, just started with that statement as a "lets say, for the sake of argument..."

 

blogspot templates | Tech Blog