Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Some US lawmakers want to stop the flow of USD to Lebanon...*UPDATED*

Well this is certainly interesting but I doubt much will come of it: *UPDATED SEE BELOW*

Rep. Nita Lowey (D., N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House subcommittee responsible for foreign aid, placed a hold on funding that is already in the pipeline for fiscal year 2010, which totals roughly $100 million, a Democratic aide said.

"U.S. assistance is intended to enhance our security and that of our allies," Ms. Lowey said, calling the border clash "outrageous" and "entirely avoidable."

Ms. Lowey has yet to outline any particular steps that she wants taken before lifting her hold on the funds.

The No. 2 ranking Republican in the House, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, said Congress should also block $100 million in 2011 assistance until Washington can be sure that the Lebanese army isn't "cooperating" with Hezbollah.

"For the past few years, the U.S. and the international community looked the other way as the lines between Hezbollah and the Lebanese military and government became blurred," Mr. Cantor said.

The White House had no immediate comment.

UPDATE: Well, well. Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Howard Berman announced a hold has been placed on military aid to Lebanon and asserted that Hezbollah's involvement in Lebanese military affairs must be thoroughly investigated.

"I cannot in good conscience allow the United States to continue sending weapons to Lebanon," wrote Berman.