Day After Saudi Arabia Gives Record $3 Billion To Lebanese Army, Lebanese Troops Fire At Syrian Warplanes

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That didn't take long.

It was only yesterday that Saudi Arabia pledged a record $3 billion to prop up Lebanon's armed forces, in what the WSJ described as "a challenge to the Iranian-allied Hezbollah militia's decades-long status as Lebanon's main power broker and security force." Lebanese President Michel Sleiman revealed the Saudi gift on Lebanese national television Sunday, calling it the largest aid package ever to the country's defense bodies. The Saudi pledge compares with Lebanon's 2012 defense budget, which the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute put at $1.7 billion.

The Saudi move was announced hours after thousands of Lebanese turned out for the funerals of former cabinet minister Mohamad Chatah and some of the other victims killed Friday in a bombing in downtown Beirut. The bomb was believed to have targeted Mr. Chatah, an outspoken critic of Hezbollah's dominance of Lebanese affairs and security. No group has claimed responsibility. Saudi Arabia on Friday responded to the assassination by calling for Lebanon to build up the government and armed forces "to stop this tampering with the security of Lebanon and the Lebanese."

Surprisingly, the biggest winner here may be none other than France: "Lebanon would use the Saudi grant to buy "newer and more modern weapons," from France, said Mr. Sleiman, an independent who has become increasingly critical of Hezbollah. It followed what he called "decades of unsuccessful efforts" to build a credible Lebanese national defense force."

However, back to the Lebanese quid pro quo: less than 24 hours after the announcement, what does Lebanon go ahead and do? Why it fired at Syrian warplanes (recall Syria is the archnemesis of Saudi Arabia's Prince Bandar) of course, the first time it has done so since the start of the Syrian conflict. From BBC:

Lebanese troops have fired at Syrian warplanes violating its airspace, for what is thought to be the first time since the conflict in Syria began.


Lebanon's National News Agency said the army had responded to a raid on Khirbet Daoud, near Arsal in the Bekaa Valley.


Syrian government forces have fired into Lebanon in the past, targeting rebels sheltering over the border.


The Lebanese authorities had until now not responded militarily, hoping they would not be dragged into the war.


Arsal is predominantly Sunni and its residents have been broadly supportive of the Sunni-dominated uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shia Islam.


The north-eastern town has been flooded with refugees since the Syrian military launched an offensive in the Qalamoun mountains last month.


Some 20,000 people have settled in makeshift camps, as Syrian troops backed by members of the militant Lebanese Shia Islamist movement Hezbollah have sought to cut rebel cross-border supply routes.

And that is how Saudi Arabia buys proxy war access on yet another front in an indication that its hopes that sooner or later the Syrian conflict will re-escalate enough to allow the "developed west" to stage another chemical attack and finally have the US topple Assad, are still alive. The only question is whether this time Putin, instead of simply diffusing the Syrian confrontation once again, will have an incendiary present or two for the Saudi princes, in part as gratitude for the string of recent Saudi-inspired terrorist attacks in Volgograd.

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:28 | 4286061 Ignatius
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I smell quid pro quo, but that's just me.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:41 | 4286109 DoChenRollingBearing
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chumbawamba ain't gonna like this news...


The coming year promises to be as interesting or more so than 2013...

No predictions, just my thoughts.

"Thinking About 2014"


Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:46 | 4286116 chumbawamba
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Saudi Arabia's Lebanese Army vs. Hizballah...hmmm, excuse me while I LOL.  That's like the USSR giving $300 million to Panama before the US invaded.  It just means $3 billion worth of more stuff to destroy or capture.  If the French are cheese-eating surrender monkeys, then the Lebanese army, which was trained by France, is the cheese.  They will quite literally just sit there and invite you to come eat so you'll be able to wrest control over Lebanon from them on a full stomach.

Saudi Arabia is merely setting up a very blinged out pawn on the chessboard.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:47 | 4286132 DoChenRollingBearing
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IIRC, Hezbollah is the only one to have ever defeated Israel in battle.  

Like I wrote, 2014 will be another year well worth watching.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:11 | 4286230 chumbawamba
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True, though 1973 would've turned out much differently if the US Cavalry hadn't arrived to rescue the zionists.


Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:45 | 4286347 disabledvet
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I hope they do renig and start a war.

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 03:07 | 4287661 Fish Gone Bad
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With all the oil sucked out of the ground, one great big explosion deep underground might just turn the middle east into an expanded gulf.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:43 | 4286342 disabledvet
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don't forget Portugal. They were driving the getaway car on that one.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:56 | 4286383 Carpenter1
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Fight? Who said anything aboUT fighting? A couple errant nuclear or chemical weapons lobbed over the Lebanese/Syrian border into Damascus will go a long way towards satisfying Lebanon‘s desire for revenge for countless Syrian attacks.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:30 | 4286629 Analyse2
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Cheese-eating surrender monkeys.”      

Anyone daring to compare JEWS or BLACK PEOPLE with MONKEYS, would immediately, and rightly, be denounced by everybody as a nasty racist (or some sort of nazi) ...

But it seems that in this country, which in fact owe its independence to the French, this kind of ugly anti-french racism is pretty well tolerated …

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 21:31 | 4287089 malikai
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You should consider what happened in France after their great contribution towards American independence.

And why.

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 05:19 | 4287726 Analyse2
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Be more precise

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:50 | 4286146 Canadian Dirtlump
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As Austin Powers would say squid pro row.


I can't wait til Russia wipes that bronze age terror factory off the fucking map.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:29 | 4286065 vxpatel
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those drunken, coke fueled saudis...they do such crazy things!

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:35 | 4286081 tony wilson
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those  sperm drunk, coke fueled jewish saudis...they do such crazy things!

fixed it for ya.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:49 | 4286139 vxpatel
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whore chasing, Allah praising, bacon eaters!

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:38 | 4286645 putaipan
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doesn't the black pope still live in lebanon? why?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 22:00 | 4287156 smlbizman
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i thought he was shitting in the woods....

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:32 | 4286079 walküre
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about a day's worth of crude from his desert

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:35 | 4286084 Dr. Engali
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I think it's safe to say that there won't be too many mourners when the house of Saud finally falls.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:08 | 4286215 vxpatel
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unfortunately they breed like rats.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:00 | 4286555 Citxmech
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At the rate the Saudi Royals are stirring up shit in the MENA - I'm betting somebody (*cough* Putin *cough* Iran *cough*) is going to take the fight to thier house in the not-too-distant future.  This could get fugly real quick.  

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 10:01 | 4287973 SWRichmond
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House of Saud knew all those Petrodollars would be good for something someday...and now, with it looking like the USD is about to croak, time to use them.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:21 | 4286769 lolmao500
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Russia should just invite them all, cut their heads off, put them on pikes on red square and tell them : WHAT YA GONNA DO ABOUT IT WILLIS??? Saudi Arabia would shut the fuck up forever... or they would try to get nukes and try to nuke Russia... which would not work and they would be turned into dust...


Tue, 12/31/2013 - 21:46 | 4290074 thestarl
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Can't come soon enough Doc.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:41 | 4286095 bagehot99
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I wonder why. It's almost like they regard Obama as a preening, naive irrelevance.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:16 | 4287306 Oath_Keeper
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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:39 | 4286097 firstdivision
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 "Lebanon would use the Saudi grant to buy "newer and more modern weapons," from France

Who will then route the order to the CIA via Oliver North's new logistics company.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:51 | 4286149 DoChenRollingBearing
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Why would France give that juicy job to an American?

Olivier Nord will win that contract.  :)

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:07 | 4286426 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Ah, so it's really a benefit to France-- and certainly not much benefit to the Lebanese who'd be the ones getting shot at.

I wonder further if the Lebanese will shoot at any other parties who violate their airspace (Israel, US, etc)...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:28 | 4286792 mjcOH1
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"Ah, so it's really a benefit to France-- and certainly not much benefit to the Lebanese who'd be the ones getting shot at."


To quote the article:

"The Saudi move was announced hours after thousands of Lebanese turned out for the funerals of former cabinet minister Mohamad Chatah and some of the other victims killed Friday in a bombing in downtown Beirut. The bomb was believed to have targeted Mr. Chatah, an outspoken critic of Hezbollah's dominance of Lebanese affairs and security."


So it may be late to worry about the Lebanese getting shot at, bombed, etc, in a regional pissing match.   About 35 years late, give or take.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:43 | 4286104 IReallyDontCare
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It doesn't cost much to whore out your country to the camel jockeys.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:47 | 4286131 zenon
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Russia should send the ICBM Christmas-gift to Saudi Arabia.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:38 | 4286320 Winston Churchill
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Under advisement right about now.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:51 | 4286141 pods
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If it weren't for Hezbollah, there wouldn't be a Lebanon.


Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:21 | 4286776 lolmao500
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If it weren't for Hezbollah, Lebanon would be another Gaza or West Bank.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 15:59 | 4286183 Chupacabra-322
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'Former U.S. Senators, Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.), who co-chaired the two major official investigations of the 9/11 atttacks,
submitted affidavits in this case in 2012, stating that a Saudi
government agent, along with other Saudi officials, played a key role
during the lead-up to the attacks. "I am convinced that there was a
direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the
September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia," Graham said in his affidavit, citing, among other things, the San Diego case of
Saudi government Omar al Bayoumi, who provided direct assistance to two
of the 9/11 hijackers.

The Second Circuit ruling comes just as there is heightened attention
in Congress, and a breakout of media coverage, on the efforts to force
the release of the censored 28 pages from Graham's Congressional Joint
Inquiry, which pages reportedly deal with Saudi financing and support
for the 9/11 hijackers.

Bob Graham Interviewed on Saudi Connection, As Saudis say they'll 'Go it Alone' on Syria

Former U. S. Senator Bob Graham was interviewed on Fox News, on the subject "Why were portions of Congressional report on 9/11 kept secret?" "Is there a connection between the 9/11 hijackers and the Saudi government?" asks Fox Business News "The Independents" in the December 18th interview....

Graham said the essential question is whether 19 hijackers, most of
whom didn't speak English, could have lived in the U.S. without being
detected, to have practiced and executed such a complicated plot without
any outside support. Most people who've looked at it think that's
highly unlikely. The central question of the [b] 28 pages[\b] is, who financed
and paid for the 19 hijackers to stay in the U.S. and accomplish the
mission they were assigned? "If more than 3 out of 4 of the
hijackers were Saudi, there might be an assumption that there was some
relationship between their financing and Saudi interests."

He said there are real consequences to withholding of this
information, for the victims families who can't get access to the courts
because they haven't had access to the evidence, and we've had our
foreign policy relationships distorted. "We've operated under the assumption that nations that have in fact been very perfidious, were our loyal allies."

Saudi Ambassador to UK Threatens, "Saudi Arabia Will Go It Alone"

An op-ed in the New York Times Dec. 18,
in which Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed Bin
Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, threatens that the Kingdom will "go it
alone," is an indication of the tremendous international pressure that
the Saudis are feeling on the issue of supporting Jihadi terrorists and
the 9/11 exposes, reported a senior U.S. intelligence source.

"We believe that many of the West's policies on both Iran and
Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East. This is a
dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain silent, and will not
stand idly by," writes Mohammed bin Nawaf, echoing recent statements of Bandar bin Sultan, Turki al Faisal and other top Saudi royals.'

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:57 | 4286390 FeralSerf
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This sounds like some more Cheney type distraction. The Dick would prefer that his role in 9/11 was ignored.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:45 | 4286664 Fíréan
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An interesting read at ATimes this last on the

"It is rare that a great power in world politics, after decades of hostility with another country, turns around and suddenly seeks to embrace that country as a friend, if not an ally. Yet this is what the recent United States demarche towards Iran represents, unilaterally overturning years of carefully crafted economic sanctions laboriously conceived and implemented . . . "


"Nevertheless, an emergent US-Iran-Russia entente over the region, analogous to the Triple Entente is actually foreseeable. It is already in evidence over Syria and Iran, where Washington's practice of "leading from behind" has had the result of handing over the real reins to Moscow, which no longer merely vetoes American actions but takes the initiative with which Washington now follows from behind. And Russia's diplomatic patronage of Iran is now decades old."

 . . .         

"It would be more likely that the US-Iran-Russia trio establish a de facto defensive alliance (meaning an attack on one would lead the other two to defend it, at least if the one were Iran) than an entente; and more likely that the Egypt-Israel-Saudi trio establish an entente rather than an actual defensive alliance."     

The whole article, by Robert M Cutler ,  is well worth the read.

A change of alliance to support for the Shiites in the region by the USA and, with present confrotnation and conflict between Sunni and Shiite within Saudi, a  breake up of Saudi kingdom  could give control of the oil rich south east  to the already  predominent Shiite in that region.The  USA was for many years supportive of Iran ( days of the Shah). A US-Iran-Russia entente would  be a match for any China expansion/influence into the region too.Food for thought.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:26 | 4286952 lakecity55
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Cutler's article was superb.

Let's wait and see if information starts "leaking out" about Saudi involvement in 9/11. To facilitate a new deal with the Iranians, the Saudis will have to take a hit, and "new" information about the Saudi involvement in the WTC attack would help turn public opinion further against SA and place Iran back on track for rehabilitation.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:49 | 4287001 Poundsand
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The US will not be a part of the trio.  Clearly the Saud's are deadly serious and they believe that Iran is as well.  Now that they have formed the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) look for them to try and lure the only counterbalancing army in the region, the Turk's to join them.  Heck, there may already be a secret treaty between Israel and the Saud's regarding Iran, or if not, it has to be in the works as we speak.  Only Israel has the balls to strike Iran, so the Saud's need them, but they also need the Turks to help to actually defend them on the ground.  While Israel can help out in the skys, no way will the Saud's allow an israeli to defend them on the ground.

Look for an alliance between the GCC and the Turks before the end of spring.  Any surprise that all of a sudden Edrogan is in trouble for assisting Iran with their work around on the sanctions?  War is most definitely coming.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:19 | 4286924 el Gallinazo
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Just more distraction.  Who cares about the so-called 19 aye-rab hijacker government conspiracy myth?  None of these guys could have scored a direct hit with a Boeing.  A skilled and experienced pilot would have been highly challenged.  They flunked out of Cesna school.  Devout Muslims, they were stoned on coke and booze most of the time and hung out with hookers.  The planes were drones.  What a fucking surprise!  Half of these "hijackers" turned up in the ME the following year.  And anyone who has an undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics, or engineering and isn't under total mind control knows that a kerosine and furniture smudge fire couldn't have dropped the three towers at free fall speeds, particularly as the beams and girders were still covered with thick coats of asbestos, to Larry Silverstein's dismay.  And why did the bottom half collapse with no evidence of pancaking in the videos?  All three were obvious high tech radio controlled demolitions.  But yes the three Bushes:  Popi, Boy, and Bandar along with the Mossad set it up.  And a fourth Bush gets an assist.  Marvin Bush, Boy Bush's Baby Brother was a principal in the company that handled all of the WTC security, Securicom, which was financed by KuwAm, a Kuwaiti-American holding company.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:35 | 4286973 vxpatel
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hopdfully you are posting this on mainstream message boards as well.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:08 | 4286204 Barry McBear
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I bet the Saudi princes are going to have a big porta potty party tonight to celebrate.  Maybe $50k for a few young american "models", it's just pocket change.  They'll have the finest caviar for them, served hot and steaming!

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:08 | 4286212 Joe A
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Well, if you want to buy new military hardware you need to get rid of the old one.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:16 | 4286249 Vegetius
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The best remark so far is Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Britain, Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, threatens that the Kingdom will "go it alone," what a laugh. The Saudi Royals will not last a week if the Yankees go home. Personally I hope they put that on TV the Saudi Royals get raped and castrated live on CNN, that will be poetic justice and they are begging the West to save them. The people they hate and have tried to destroy are the people they try to flee to fuckers deserve whats coming.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:29 | 4286296 22winmag
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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:38 | 4286321 One World Mafia
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"And that is how Syria buys proxy war access on yet another front..."

Change Syria to Saudi Arabia

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:58 | 4286340 MollyHacker
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I think Bandar is acting barbarous (spending his PMs), of-course it's better than the fiat and just what are the French exchange rates quoted (maybe synthetic).

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:54 | 4286389 Atomizer
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Pakistan army says it found passport of 9/11 suspect

You have to reach out in time.



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