What about Lebanon, Mr. President?

In his State of the Union Address last night President Obama said:

Recent events have shown us that what sets us apart must not just be our power – it must be the purpose behind it.  In South Sudan – with our assistance – the people were finally able to vote for independence after years of war. Thousands lined up before dawn. People danced in the streets. One man who lost four of his brothers at war summed up the scene around him: “This was a battlefield for most of my life. Now we want to be free.”

We saw that same desire to be free in Tunisia, where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator. And tonight, let us be clear: the United States of America stands with the people of Tunisia, and supports the democratic aspirations of all people.

We must never forget that the things we’ve struggled for, and fought for, live in the hearts of people everywhere.

Flag of LebanonWhat about Lebanon, Mister President?

Iranian-backed Hezbollah has been busy re-arming its military and thinning the ranks of its heavily Christian, democratically inclined opposition through murder and coercion. Now they have precipitated the collapse of the Lebanese government over the international investigation of the 2005 murder of former prime minister Rafik Hariri, an investigation which they believe (rightly, it seems) will implicate Hezbollah, and perhaps their Syrian and Iranian enablers.

Obama’s non-comment on the Lebanese situation comes after his failure to make any noise of support for the brave souls crushed in Tehran in 2009 after the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

(You know Iran: that’s the country that just oulawed Valentine’s Day gift giving because the practice is too Western.)

Now Iran, through its Hezbollah minions, is poised to take control of a pro-Western nation, a largely Christian nation, a nation on Israel’s northern border, where in 2006 nearly 38 percent of the population converged on the capital to demonstrate peacefully for freedom from Syrian control of their country. But Obama did not see fit to include it in his discussion of places where the people are fighting for freedom.

Obama mentioned Sudan, Tunisia, and even Iraq as places where freedom from oppression and tyranny has made strides and “we stand with them.” But considering the threat Iran poses to significant allies in the region (and beyond, as they develop their nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities) a few words of rebuke to their puppet-state ambitions would have been significant.

Not sure if he fears provoking Iran or if there are other reasons [*cough* anti-Israel *cough*] but the failure to mention Lebanon and stand with them was an unfortunate lacuna.

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7 thoughts on “What about Lebanon, Mr. President?

  1. Joe Harris says:

    Yeah, you can’t find anything he said to complain about so you’re going to complain about what he didn’t say.

    I hope you were as outraged when Bush didn’t stop Israel from bombing Lebanon, this “largely Christian nation.” And how Christian is it? 34% doesn’t sound so largely Christian to me.

    People like you give the rest of us Catholics a bad reputation.

    1. Tom Crowe says:

      Actually, Joe Harris, there were lots of dubious things in his SOTU, but you would jump on me for mentioning them I’m sure, so that’s a wash. I chose to point out (“complain” is *your* charged word) something that would have fit nicely and would have greatly augmented his commitment to the spread and sustenance of freedom. But he didn’t mention it. Why? Do you have a reason he didn’t mention it? Or are you just going to attack me? As for Bush, why did Israel bomb Lebaon? That would be because Hezbollah had taken over and was launching rockets into Israel. You may have heard of Hezbollah: they’re the Iranian- and Syrian-backed terrorist outfit taking over Lebanon once again. But they wouldn’t be if Obama had shown some spine. Oops. 34% is definitely “largely Christian” in that region. The only bad reputation I would lend would be among groups you shouldn’t be running with anyhow.

    2. Tom Crowe says:

      And I’m really surprised anyone is defending that speech much at all, given the way even the AP (not exactly an anti-Obama resource) shredded it… http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-26/fact-check-obama-and-his-imbalanced-ledger.html And Harry Reid is pushing back against the promise to veto earmarks…. Good thing no one believes Obama anyhow (with good reason).

  2. Juan says:

    Sure, Obama is /so/ anti-Israel that…he helped make the Stuxnet virus!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/world/middleeast/16stuxnet.html?_r=1&ref=global-home&pagewanted=all

    “Obama is anti-Israel” is utter rubbish

    1. Tom Crowe says:

      The article reports that he “sped up” the Stuxnet project, but it was already initiated by Bush. Considering that derailing Iran’s nuclear program without getting into a shooting war is squarely in the national interests of the U.S., whether or not it helps Israel it was the right thing to do. Since it was a good idea, already implemented, and dropped in his lap (like Gitmo, the Surge in Iraq, and so many other Bush policies that he condemned then continued) he simply had to avoid screwing it up. Considering his *stellar* record with allies since moving into the White House, I’d be shocked if you could find a single such policy or initiative that has started under his “leadership.”

  3. Reneeca says:

    There is revolution which I believe is co-ordinated happening across the globe and no one is talking about it in the media! Why? Because the radical Muslims know with Obama as President, they can get away with anything without fear of reprisal from the US! Just look at the US friendly countries that have been taken over by these radicals recedntly and now Egypt is having the same thing happening to them with the calling for ouster of Mubarak!We either have a very weak president or a complacent one who’s desire is to see these radical Muslims take over everywhere. No one respects or fears this man. Lebanon which has been traditionaly Christian controlled now is overtaken by the terrorist organization Hezbolah and our President thinks this is just dandy!Turkey gone radical. Tunisia, Lebonon, Pakistan, and on and on! God help us all. And am I the only one who is sick and tired of every major speech given by Obama he reiterates that Muslims are part of America and always will be? Why bring it up over and over again?

    1. Cindy says:

      This is pure rubbish what you are stating there Reneeca. Just because you hold an opinion on what you think you speculate, doesnt mean there is an ounce of truth to it. The people on the far right call for war, but then complain about the war in Afghanastan. No matter what the President would touch on, you would always find reasons to complain and say he should have done more. Typical.

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