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Bush Authorizes Secret CIA Action in Lebanon

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Posted on Jan 14, 2007

President Bush has authorized the CIA to take covert action in Lebanon against Hezbollah, according to a secret presidential finding obtained by The Daily Telegraph. As part of the policy, the CIA and other intelligence groups will subvert Hezbollah’s influence by funding activists who are supportive of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s government.

(h/t: Largest Minority)


Telegraph:

The Central Intelligence Agency has been authorised to take covert action against Hizbollah as part of a secret plan by President George W. Bush to help the Lebanese government prevent the spread of Iranian influence. Senators and congressmen have been briefed on the classified “non-lethal presidential finding” that allows the CIA to provide financial and logistical support to the prime minister, Fouad Siniora.

The finding was signed by Mr Bush before Christmas after discussions between his aides and Saudi Arabian officials. Details of its existence, known only to a small circle of White House officials, intelligence officials and members of Congress, have been passed to The Daily Telegraph.

It authorises the CIA and other US intelligence agencies to fund anti-Hizbollah groups in Lebanon and pay for activists who support the Siniora government. The secrecy of the finding means that US involvement in the activities is officially deniable.

The Bush administration hopes Mr Siniora’s government, severely weakened after its war with Israel last year, will become a bulwark against the growing power of the Shia sect of Islam, championed by Iran and Syria, since the fall of Saddam Hussein.

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By fatima, January 15, 2007 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment
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Like Hank Van den Berg said Sunni syria supporting Hezbollah (shia ) and Iran (shia) supporting sunni hamas (because sunni Arab royals can not say no to America )

But i had thought America will do its best to make Peace in the Middle East . Hizbullah is only defending its land , the sheeba Farms and the Kafr shouba and the Gajjar region too where the IDF are stationed . How about putting more pressure on Israel to leave lebanon for good ? and give the palestinian a homeland , so we can have peace ?

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By Rodney Matthews, January 15, 2007 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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Did Israel push us to do this? Whose interest are we looking out for? The United States of Israel? When did their policy become our policy?When Bush and Israel finally start WWIII, remember it’s the Christians and Jews Versus the Muslims,Shias,Sunnis,Hezbollah,Bathists,JihadistsHamas,Russians,Chinese,Cubans,South Americans,Africans,and Asians. The last man standing can blow the smoke from the barrel of his gun.

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By James V, January 15, 2007 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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This provides us with yet another example of how our approach to foreign policy not only fails to serve our interests but in the end alienates much of the world.

It is my belief that the real reason that much of what our government has done since WW2 is classified, not because it would endanger peoples lives per say, but rather to hide the laundry list of poorly concieved and executed operations. From secretly funding and arming dictators, training rebel groups, backing coup attempts and assassinations, the list of activities is damning. The rate of success is even more dismal.

These operations leave wounds that do not easily heal. This is especially true in cultures where honor and vengence play big roles in their idea of justice. All of this leaves “we the people” sitting back spinning fanciful yarns about why people from countries X, Y and Z hate us and our freedom and are just “terrorists” by nature. It also means that when someone does lash back at us we do not understand why. All we know (which is actually very little)  is we are “good” so to attack us means that they therefore are “bad”.

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By John Hanks, January 14, 2007 at 8:14 pm Link to this comment
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Bush is a common criminal, just like Hitler was a common criminal.  Nothing about him stays secret for long.

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By Hank Van den Berg, January 14, 2007 at 8:04 pm Link to this comment
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It’s interesting that Syria, which is not a Shia country, is supporting Hezbollah and has now been lumped together as the enemy by the administration.  Could it be that things are not as simple and straightforward as our administration thinks they are?  Perhaps we need to learn a bit more about exactly what is going on along the Israeli borders.  Are we making more mistakes that will come back to haunt us in the future?

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By trantieungoc, January 14, 2007 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment
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They’re now doing business with dollars and blood.

The dirty gambler was losing one play so he’s trying to recover with another game.

All covert actions are always at lowest echelon and dirty. Those who authorized a such plan are also sordid and be judged severely. But with King George we are not surprised.

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