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Obama Gives Hezbollah 200 Armored Personnel Carriers

Lebanon_M113_30112006_news_001-450x259By  in Front Page

It’s only fair that with the Muslim Brotherhood getting 200 Abrams tanks, Hezbollah should get 200 armored personnel carriers.  While tragically there was no money available to provide security for the US mission in Benghazi, there’s always room for giving billion dollar weapons packages to the terrorists who attack US embassies.

In 1983, Hezbollah carried out the suicide car bombing of the US Embassy in Beirut killing 63 people, including US soldiers, and wounding 120. The suicide vehicle of choice was a delivery van. But now Hezbollah will be able to attack the next US embassy in style with the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier.

When Hezbollah overturned the Lebanese government and replaced it with a coalition dominated by the Shiite terrorist group, backed by Iran, there were worries that this might prevent Lebanon from receiving US aid.

But those worriers had clearly never met Obama who will never unfairly deprive Islamic terrorists of the weapons that they are entitled to under the code of social justice.

The United States has provided more than $140 million in equipment and assistance to the Lebanese armed forces in the past six months, including six Huey 2 helicopters, a 42-metre coastal security craft, more than 1,000 guns – including grenade launchers – and 38 million rounds of ammunition.

The United States has given 200 armored vehicles to Lebanon, the Lebanese army said… The M113 armored personnel carriers (APCs) arrived by ship to Beirut on Sunday, the army said in a statement. A Lebanese security source said the army now had 1,200 APCs.

What possible use could the Lebanese military make of that firepower? It isn’t to fight Hezbollah as Hezbollah is in the government. It isn’t to fight Syria, because even in its present state, the Syrian military would kick Lebanon’s ass, and Lebanon’s military would end up fighting Hezbollah at home if they tried that.

That just leaves one possibility.

“This government is committed to maintaining strong, brotherly ties which bind Lebanon to all Arab countries, without exception,” Prime Minister Mikati said at the Baabda Presidential Palace. “Let us go to work immediately according to the principles… [of] defending Lebanon’s sovereignty and its independence and liberating land that remains under the occupation of the Israeli enemy.”

Israel had already withdrawn entirely from Lebanon, so that just leaves Shebaa Farms and the rest of Israel to “liberate”.

On Monday, House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., criticized the administration for keeping “the aid pipeline flowing” when Hariri’s government fell.

“Now, Hezbollah and its cohorts will control the Lebanese government and likely benefit from the years of U.S. assistance, including to the Lebanese military. We cannot undo past mistakes, but we can learn from them and safeguard taxpayer dollars going forward,” Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. “The U.S. should immediately cut off assistance to the Lebanese government as long as any violent extremist group designated by the U.S. as foreign terrorist organizations participates in it.”

That was last year. Instead Obama has given them even more assistance. If they just found a way to bring Al Qaeda into the government, they would probably get their own stealth bombers.

No Mubarak-Style Condemnation for Morsi Power Grab from Washington

egypt demonstrationsBy Bridget Johnson

The first democratically elected leader of Egypt fled the presidential palace today as fury over his Islamist power grab boiled over in Cairo with protesters clashing with police and demanding the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood leader.

The chants of “leave, leave” and “the people want to topple the regime” heard by reporters on the ground were familiar — the same chants heard in Tahrir Square two years ago when democracy-seeking Egyptians wanted president-for-life Hosni Mubarak out.

The draft “constitution,” hastily forged by Islamists as Egypt’s other vast interest groups protested the process hijacked by the Brotherhood, was the kerosene poured on Egyptians’ anger over Morsi granting himself “temporary” power over the judiciary and all other oversight bodies.

As Mauritanian activist and blogger Nasser Weddady succinctly tweeted, “In conclusion: if you’re a copt, an atheist, an agnostic, a Baha’i, non-religious Muslim, a shi’a, a Jew or a women you’re screwed. If you’e a free thinker, an artist, a journalist, you’re screwed by #Egypt new proposed ikhwani constitution #Liberticide”

The cries from Cairo, Alexandria, and beyond are getting louder as Egyptians protest the replacement of a dictatorship with Islamist tyranny.

In Washington… crickets.

There’s been no statement by President Obama chiding the power grab. The last mention of Morsi by the White House was a week ago in the daily press briefing, where spokesman Jay Carney was asked about the Egyptian president’s moves and in response urged “inclusive dialogue between the government of Egypt and all Egyptian stakeholders.”

“The current constitutional impasse is an internal Egyptian situation that can only be resolved by the Egyptian people, through peaceful democratic dialogue,” Carney said. “And we call on all Egyptians exercising their right to freedom of expression to do so peacefully.”

National Security Adviser Tom Donilon today met with Assistant to the President of Egypt for Foreign Relations and International Cooperation Dr. Essam el-Haddad to reaffirm “the strategic relationship between the United States and Egypt,” according to the White House, and “discussed a broad range of issues, including our bilateral economic cooperation, joint efforts to promote regional security and build on the cease-fire in Gaza, and Egypt’s democratic transition and the need to move forward with a peaceful and inclusive transition that respects the rights of all Egyptians.”

When reminded of the administration’s strict stance against Mubarak back during the Arab Spring, Carney said “much has changed since Mubarak was in power.”

“We need to step back, and look at the transformation that has been incurring in Egypt since the revolution began there,” he said.

But the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee suggested that the Obama administration has blinders on because of how much it wants Morsi to succeed.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) noted late last week that the White House “seemed to go out of its way to praise the Morsi government for making the ceasefire agreement happen” in Gaza.

“According to news reports, administration officials indicated off the record that President Obama was investing heavily in Morsi and views him as someone with whom the U.S. could do business. Of course, then Morsi immediately engaged in a massive domestic power grab, claiming virtually unlimited powers,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

“What steps should the Congress take to hold the Morsi government accountable for its actions?  What further conditions should be placed on U.S. political, economic, and military support to Egypt?”

A congressional letter today demanded that Morsi step up his effort to stop arms smuggling into Gaza if he’s so concerned about keeping the peace.

“Given Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, there’s only one way to get weapons into Gaza, and that is through Egypt,” said the bipartisan letter led by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). “In order for the ceasefire to hold, it is imperative that your government bolster its efforts to halt all weapons smuggling taking place via both overland and underground routes.”

The senators wrote that they’re “deeply disturbed” by statements from Hamas and Iranian leaders that Tehran is restocking the terror operation in Gaza, including with long-range Fajr-5 rockets.

“In the interest of peace and security, Egypt should take immediate and decisive action to halt such smuggling,” they continued. “This is all the more important in light of the potential easing of restrictions on the movement of people and goods through Gaza border crossings as a condition of the ceasefire you helped to broker. Preventing Hamas from re-arming is just one step in helping to prevent violence from erupting again.”

Signing the letter were Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga..), John Tester (D-Mont.) Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Morsi has called for a referendum on the constitution Dec. 15. Two days later, he’s rumored to be coming to Washington — something the State Department would not confirm today.

Read more at PJ Media

 

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