Since 2006, successive U.S. administrations have squandered more than $2 billion in taxpayer dollars by sending it to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), and have justified this to Americans by touting supposed victoriesagainst ISIS and Al Qaeda. While taxpayers from Boston to Birmingham have had their hard-earned American money sent to Beirut, Lebanon has become an Iranian client state via the Islamic Republic’s terrorist proxy, Hezbollah.
It’s time to be honest about Lebanon and end the policy of throwing good money after bad. Lebanon is failing and the LAF is compromised. The U.S. must pull back.
Today, Hezbollah controls the government, has built infrastructure among innocent civilians for the purpose of attacking Israel and maintains stockpiles of over 100,000 missiles. And yet not one dollar of the billions that have poured into Lebanon has been used to help disarm Hezbollah or roll back its malign influence. There is no doubt that in 2020, Hezbollah and its Iranian sponsors are the dominant force in Lebanon, and that the country is in an economic death spiral.
Sadly, one must come to the grim conclusion that the United States has, for years, propped up a military that essentially acts as a Hezbollah auxiliary.
Lebanese President and former head of the LAF General Michael Aoun has been described as a “staunch Hezbollah ally.” Additionally, the current head of the LAF, General Joseph Aoun (no relation) is believed to have extensively coordinatedwith Hezbollah in the past, and continues to make threatsagainst Israel. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has not been shy either, describing the LAF as both a “partner” and a “pillar.” And after the most recent tensions on the Lebanese-Israeli border, current Lebanese MP and former Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil stated, “we support Hezbollah in its confrontation with the Israeli enemy.”
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