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Team Obama renews anti-Aoun “Smart” sanctions

It is hard to fathom what the State folks etc. are thinking – to renew this Orwellian Bush era example of a failed approach.

Remember – Feltman’s reasoning on this was there was a danger of a second government led by Hizbullah and the FPM in 2007…. BUT THAT TIME HAS CLEARLY PASSED as the Bush policy imploded.

If Team Obama can’t even get this one right – repealing this ridiculous EO – well, I doubt they have the deftness or courage to prevent this next war much less build peace in the Middle East…

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“President Barack Obama renewed an emergency measure Thursday to freeze the assets of persons who work with Hizbullah and “infringe upon” Lebanese stability.

“While there have been some recent positive developments in the Syrian-Lebanese relationship, continuing arms transfers to Hizbullah that include increasingly sophisticated weapons systems serve to undermine Lebanese sovereignty,” Obama said in a message to Congress.

Obama said the national emergency measures declared on August 1, 2007, must “continue in effect beyond August 1, 2010.”

The original executive order under President George Bush, continued by Obama, found that threats against Lebanese stability and moves to restore Syria’s former dominant influence presented an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”(AFP)

Written by nickbiddlenoe

July 30, 2010 at 11:17 am

Posted in ANALYSIS

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