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Old February 13th, 2010, 07:13 AM   #1
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Default US to grant Lebanon $237 million in military aid

why the hell would we be giving them money?
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BEIRUT: The US will grant $267 million in military aid to Lebanon, said Defense Minister Elias Murr on Friday during his visit to Washington.

Murr held several meetings with American officials, including US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who handed him a letter confirming the American administration’s support for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and its plans to donate $267 million as new and immediate military aid.

“We discussed arming the LAF and I received an official letter offering new aid of $267 million to be given immediately and according to the program prepared by the LAF and to the joint program concerning training and equipment,” Murr said following the meeting.

Lebanese newspaper As-Safir published on Friday that the United States had also expressed its readiness to hand Lebanon military aircraft by the year 2013 with the aim of reinforcing the LAF’s air exploration missions.

The newspaper added that the Pentagon offered Lebanon two types of attack planes: Hawker-Beechcraft AT-6 and Embraer Super Tocano but that the LAF would have to abide by the schedule of the American administration in order to receive these aircrafts without any charge.

Murr’s visit to Washington began earlier this week, his third in 10 months, and aimed at discussing American military assistance to Lebanon.

It also coincided with the assembly of the joint Lebanese-US military committee.

The minister also visited the White House several times and met with US President Barack Obama’s adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan, and national security adviser for the vice president, Tony Blinken.

Murr discussed with Brennan the security measures the US recently imposed on Lebanese travelers and stressed the need to put an end to them. Brennan was “understanding” about the matter and promised to “reconsider” it, according to Murr.

In December 2009, the United States decided to take a series of security measures at its airports, including tougher screening for airline passengers flying into US airports from or via 14 countries.

The decision came after a failed attempt to blow up a plane bound for Detroit and Lebanon was one of the countries it mentioned.

Murr also held meetings with US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffry Feltman as well as Obama’s Middle East adviser Daniel Shapiro and opened the meetings of the joint military committee.

The Lebanese official had also been scheduled to meet with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, however their talks were cancelled because of the severe weather conditions. – The Daily Star
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Old February 13th, 2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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I have a feeling this will not turn out in our favor.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #3
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Go Obama Go. The country is in debt, that means we are broke , so let's borrow money to give to a country that is openly an enemy to us.

What a genius....

Thank you all you dumb asses that voted for him. I would like for you all to post your name here so we can see who the functioning idiots are that are on this site.
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The book Animal Farm comes to mind.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:16 AM   #5
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lol, thats nothing compared to the 140 billion dollars we give to Israel every year. What a joke this county has become in regards to financial common sense.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #6
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Obama sucks ass in this thread too


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Old February 13th, 2010, 11:02 AM   #7
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lol, thats nothing compared to the 140 billion dollars we give to Israel every year. What a joke this county has become in regards to financial common sense.
We did that? When? Under what president?
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We did that? When? Under what president?
are you serious? every year.
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Lets just get more into debt and help countries that hate us. Thanks to all who voted for Obama
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The only good thing I got out of this article was the vice president's national security advisor's name: Tony Blinken. It made me think of Robin Hood: Men In Tights and that made me laugh. Everything else in the article was saddening.
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are you serious? every year.
Uh, yeah. Sarcasm. Referring to the last 8 years.
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Jesus, lets give everyone money except those people who are losing everything because our economy went to shit. Shit, all I want is 87k to buy my house back.
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Uh, yeah. Sarcasm. Referring to the last 8 years.
Nobody said that made it right.
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Nobody said that made it right.
You're right. I didn't say that. Thanks for pointing that out.
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lol, thats nothing compared to the 140 billion dollars we give to Israel every year. What a joke this county has become in regards to financial common sense.

Got sources on that figure of 140 Billion?

Some basic googling shows that it is between 2.5 and 4.x Billion depending on what year.... and what is counted in the aid...

Now it can vary depending on what is included in "aid" so I am curious about it?

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/...reign_aid.html


http://wrmea.org/component/content/a...4-billion.html
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