• U.S. Dumps Massive Load, of Weapons and Ammunition, in Lebanon

    February 9, 2015

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    Posted in: Iran, Iraq, Syria

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    The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon announced a new shipment of weapons and ammunition have arrived in Beirut, the latest American assistance to Lebanon’s army as it fights ISIS along its border with Syria. The Ambassador said the equipment includes more than 70 M198 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery “of all shapes and sizes, including heavy artillery.”

    “We are very proud of this top-of-the-line equipment. This is the best that there is in the marketplace. It’s what our soldiers use,” the Ambassador continued. “I know that in a matter of days it’s going to be what your brave soldiers are using in the battle to defeat terrorism and extremism.”

    Hale told reporters that Lebanon has become the fifth-largest recipient of U.S. foreign military assistance. He added that weapons worth more than $100 million were given to Lebanon last year and over a $1 billion worth in the last eight years. In November, France and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to provide the Lebanese army with $3 billion worth of weapons paid for by Riyadh.

    So How’s that Working Out for You?

    And so, one must ask the snarky question “So how’s that working out for you?”

    The current U.S. war “against ISIS,” (aka Iraq War 3.0) has spread around like spilled paint into Syria, Iraq and threatens Turkey. It has drawn into its sucking vortex Lebanon, Jordan, Iran (a very happy participant as every victory against ISIS is a double win for Tehran), Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Britain, France, Canada and bits and pieces overt and covert of other nations.

    In Iraq, the U.S. war has solidified Shia control of the government in general, and reestablished the Shia militias as the government’s bully boys and the vanguard of ethnic cleansing even now underway. The war midwifed an independent Kurdish nation-state in every sense but name; that toothpaste is never going back into the tube. The need to play nice with Iran inside Iraq has weakened the U.S. in nuclear negotiations. Syria’s Assad, a year and a half ago the man in America’s crosshairs for crimes against humanity, is now allowed to sit comfortably in power in Damascus, his name barely even mentioned by the White House.

    America at War!

    The move to overt combat by U.S. forces in Iraq is one incident away, assuming you don’t count defensive operations, getting mortared, and flying ground attack helicopters as “combat.” Fun prediction: some incident will indeed occur, maybe a hostage rescue scenario, right about the time the Kurds/Iraq Forces run into trouble this spring retaking Mosul from ISIS. Cynical? Remember the current round of U.S. intervention in Iraq began with a rescue mission for the Yazidi people.

    So in the shadow of all that, what possible harm could come out of sending another 26 million rounds of ammunition into Lebanon?



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    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”The Ambassador said the equipment includes more than 70 M198 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery “of all shapes and sizes, including heavy artillery.” unquote

      Sounds like a giddy school age boy opening a Christmas gift with this inside..

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/COBI-Small-Army-Howitzer-Artillery-Gun-110-Piece-Block-Set-NEW-/170833733532?pt=AU_Toys_Hobbies_Building_Toys&hash=item27c67be79c

      Except with this one, he can really kill anything that moves.

      The real question is..how long before it falls into the hands of ISIS.

      02/9/15 1:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “The current U.S. war “against ISIS,” (aka Iraq War 3.0) has spread around like spilled paint into Syria, Iraq and threatens Turkey.”

      It is more like paint-by-numbers. TDCOTP created a failed state by its invasion of Iraq, which created the conditions for the creation of ISIS. We’re just filling in the spaces …in blood.

      02/9/15 3:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...

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      Would someone explain to this tired brain what TDCOTP means. Merci buckets.

      02/9/15 5:34 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck nasmith said...

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      Could todays press conf. with O and puppet Merkel prove the empire is history? (unless…) Check her cell phone records. How many times has O and Co,. called her?!

      02/9/15 6:21 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Ye old Shia’ arc of containment strategy, in lieu of Bzrizinsky’s old policy of ‘green’ containment of the USSR.

      Because 4 or 5 wars in the Middle East at one time, just aren’t enough

      02/9/15 8:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      ====Would someone explain to this tired brain what TDCOTP mean===

      The Dumbest Country On The Planet

      02/9/15 9:21 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      TDEOAT would be my choice to reference America. The dumbest empire of all time. We refuse to self correct. We never admit to mistakes nor acknowledge our flaws, errors or inhumane actions.

      02/9/15 9:45 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      John Poole said…

      “TDEOAT would be my choice to reference America. The dumbest empire of all time.”

      While I would agree in principle.. I disagree in the sense it is not the Empire who is dumb. It is the country…or..better stated.. a country full of dumb motherfuckers who don’t get it..vs.. country’s full of people like Ukraine..or Egypt..or Palistine..who get it..but don’t have the means to do anything about it..vs 300 MILLION motherfucking gun owner’s in this country who could. PERIOD. thus..the DUMBEST FUCKING COUNTRY ON THE PLANET.

      02/10/15 1:29 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Maybe it should be the smartest empire on record so far since it has found a way to keep its population compliant and distracted while the ruling elite plunders the proletariait’s future. Damn, I take the dumb thing back.

      02/10/15 1:41 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      U.S. – TDCOTP – Drops Massive Load of Shit on its Citizens:

      http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/i-misremember-iraq

      02/10/15 11:55 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Death is the Goal of the American War Salesman:

      “The reasons were fake, the goals were fake, the triumph was fake. Nothing was true except the dead people, who aren’t talking. The war countered imaginary threats and villainies with imaginary victories and valor.”

      02/10/15 11:58 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- the beloved delusion of, “The pen is mightier than the sword” never appealed to me. Back in 1963 I remember asking a question in a class at USC. It was, “What is to keep the sword guys from hiring their own effective scribes?” The prof had no answer.

      02/10/15 2:37 PM | Comment Link

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