Ukraine, Lebanon Demand US "Weapons, Aviation, Air-Defense Equipment"

Tyler Durden's picture

Now that the US is exhibiting all the tact of a neocon bull in a china world, and has resumed airborne assaults in Iraq (with US marines on the ground merely for decorative purposes) it is hardly surprising that the rest of the world - at least those who are supposedly allied ideologically with Washington (if only for the time being) - suddenly feels entitled to US assistance. Not surprisingly, the first one to knock on the door of US military handouts is none other than the Kiev, whose parliamentary speaker Oleksandr Turchynov, said in an interview with BNS, that the country needs "modern weapons, aviation, air-defense equipment from U.S., European partners."

He continues: "If we were to receive military equipment assistance, we could regain the territory in a relatively short period of time. That’s an obvious fact for us. However, if strategic partners believe aggression should be addressed by peaceful means, through negotiations, then it may take a while."

The reason for this strong hint that the US should step up and protect its national interest bordering Russia? The usual hint that it is this, or Ukraine becoming a member of the EU and NATO "to feel secure."

Turchynov continues: "EU, NATO membership would be “tangible guarantee against Russia’s future intentions. Russia would then stop dreaming it can recreate some sort of post-Soviet empire that includes Ukraine. That won’t happen. Ukraine can defend itself. When we become a full member of civilized Europe, this will put a full stop to Putin’s dreams."

Alas, there was little contemplation to what Russia's response would be if the Kremlin were to wake up one day with a brand new NATO member country along its border, when it is precisely the threat of even more NATO expansion that may explain Putin's behavior of the past 6 or so months.

But while Ukraine's request clearly has strings attached, another comparable demand just issued by Lebanon was far more direct: the middle-east country has joined the chorus of those seeking to obtain fixed-wing combat aircraft from the US to use in its struggle against jihadists after a recent heavy battle for control of the town Arsal. A potential deal for planes comes alongside a request to replenish spent ammunition stores that were depleted during the fierce five-day clash earlier this month, the Lebanon Daily Star reported on Monday.

And unlike Ukraine, where the retaliation by Putin is a far too glaring concern on the minds of NATO leaders, when it comes to Lebanon, providing further weapons to the nation that borders both Israel and Syria in a conflict that many allege was started by the US itself when it began arming Syrian "rebels", the US will have no qualms about boosting the top and bottom line of its private and public-sector arms exporters. From the Times of Israel:

The United States plans to supply Lebanon’s army with additional munitions and ordnance in a bid to bolster the force after clashes with jihadists, the US ambassador to Beirut said last week. The new assistance comes after Lebanon’s military requested emergency aid following the unprecedented clashes with jihadists in the eastern Arsal region of the country, on the Syrian border.


The clashes that began August 2 left 19 soldiers dead, and another 19 are still being held hostage despite a truce deal that saw the militants withdraw from the town after five days of fighting, in the most serious spillover of violence from Syria after three days of fighting.


“The United States will soon deliver additional munitions and ordnance for offensive and defensive combat operations by the LAF (Lebanese Armed Forces),” US ambassador David Hale said in a statement.


“This assistance will enhance the LAF’s ability to secure Lebanon’s borders, protect Lebanon’s people, and fight these violent extremist groups,” he said.


“US military assistance will begin arriving in the next few weeks and continue in the months to follow.” He said the aid was part of a long-term US project to support Lebanon’s army, often seen as one of the few institutions in the country commanding near universal support and allegiance.


“Since just last October, the United States has provided more than $120 million worth of training and equipment to the LAF to strengthen its role as the sole legitimate defender of Lebanon’s sovereignty,” Hale said.

It's not just the US: a brief timeline of recent arms "supplies" to the region:

Lebanon’s army has publicly requested international assistance to bolster its poorly-equipped troops as they battle the violence spilling over from the war in neighboring Syria.


Last December, Saudi Arabia pledged to buy the army $3 billion worth of weapons and equipment from France, but the items to be provided have yet to be finalized and nothing has been delivered so far.


Riyadh also pledged an additional $1 billion to pay for immediate needs, delivering it through their close ally, former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri.


That additional aid was announced during the fighting in Arsal that left dozens of militants and civilians dead, raising new fears about the effects of Syria’s war on Lebanon’s stability.

A Syrian war, incidentally, which only escalated out of control and lead to the rise of ISIS, the caliphate, and a grand realignment of regional Mid-East forces, only after the US decided to provide the domestic al-Qaeda linked rebel forces with state of the arts troops, which then made their way to Iraqi-based Jihadists, who then used the same weapons to capture even more made in the US weapons in various army bases in America's foreign intervention "success story" - Iraq.

At this point the cynically inclined would be forgiven if they assume that the only purpose of the ever broader middle-east conflict is to supply all the warring parties with US weapons, training and supplies (with loans provided by Western, "money-laundering" banks whose inevitable penalty will be about 0.1% of all the profits generated). Because that GDP won't grow on its own.

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Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The Uke Rebels might as well ask also.  Stranger things have happened.


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Bullish for US and UK MIC. 

/ Buy MIC stocks. /sarc

pods's picture

I am sure Israel will approve of the US giving arms to Lebanon.

What was that thing that Washington said about entangling alliances?

My head hurts from all this crap.

Now the US is blowing up US humvees that ISIS has with US bombs?  

Bull in a China shop is right.


Professorlocknload's picture

Hard to make a quality enemy out of someone if you don't arm them.

toady's picture

This is turning into a problem though....

The MIC has gone from selling their products to giving their products, at taxpayer expense.

And everyone knows the taxpayer is tapped out.

SafelyGraze's picture

people of ferguson are requesting the same aid

BigJim's picture

The taxpayer may be tapped out. But the Fed may just be getting warmed up.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

somewhere, somehow, krugman read your comment, and instantly went 'from 6 to midnight' over all those 'broken windows'

dracos_ghost's picture

@Pods, I believe it's called the "I'm my own Grandpa" stratagem.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

"pods, this is not as contradictory as it appears.  Let me be clear:  We are a nation in the Destruction and Construction business.  And if you give me your GPS coordinates, I would be happy to demonstrate this to you."  - O

SmittyinLA's picture

Long Chinese & Israeli copies of Raytheon they get copies the second our Iraqi, Syrian or Ukraine "allies" get a missile delivery.  

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Israel does not need "copies". 

If you've worked in the MIC in recent years, you'd realize that various Israeli companies in the IDI (Israeli Defense Industries) are deeply embedded into DOD projects and US defense contractors -- everything from Top Management, Project Management, SCM (Supply Chain Management) and Engineering. 

What they do then, is they tweak the electronics and the SW to their preference, often getting superior performance.  The version they sell to others, is... "Detuned".  That's a FACT.  You can bet the winning Lottery ticket on it.  You can also bet that anything they sell (rockets, planes) have a hidden back-door Fail-safe, to ensure that they won't be used against Israel itself.

reader2010's picture

it's been the open secret since 80s.

nope-1004's picture

CIA/Israel create ISIS.  ISIS attempts to overthrow Assad in Syria, will attempt to invade Iran, SA possibly too.  Other ME nations plead for the US to come in and bomb what they created.  Gives the US opportunity to sell to the public the need for action.

Such a dog and pony show.

constantine's picture

Iran would obliterate the ISIS clowns.  Iran's leadership would have no problem rallying their Persian, Shia troops to pick on a much smaller Arab, Sunni foe.  The Iranian public would whole-heartedly support the destruction of ISIS.  

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

The Uke rebels seem to be giving them all they can handle and more ( no surprising given the regular army is defecting en masse and they are fighting a collection of US and neo nazi militias ). Lack of arms isn't what is the case in Ukraine. All arming them will serve to do is to help inch towards WW3.


As for Lebanon, file that under sow the wind reap the whirlwind. I'm glad they are fighting ISIS and all but everyone's complicity in trying to destroy syria has boomeranged on them spectacularly and it looks great on them.



Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I have a different take on this... The "Ukrainian" aggressors are not the Uke Regulars.  They are a Private Oligarch Army, embedded in the Uke Armed Forces, and consisting of Mercs and a few Uke psychos & crackpots (present in every country and every Army).

These dual-citizen Oligarchs are doing what they do best:  Bamboozle people and use OPM for their private ambitions and indulgences, and leverage their Oli global network for support.  As some would say... "That's not Cricket", or "That's not kosher".  But it can be made kosher if the right hands and egos are greased.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

The aggressors are the paid miilitas and mercenaries of the oligarchs and west yeah 100% agreed. As I said the army of the Ukraine is not under armed, they are just not up for a fight and are deserting. If we are arming Ukraine it will be either arming mercenaries to kill Russians in the East of Ukraine, or to provide a strategic threat to Russia.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

And in today's Telegraph (which has some unfortunte prior in this conflict), unconfirmed and unphotographed reports of Russia/rebels having destroyed a convoy of refugees, who may or may not have been on the road the humantiarian convoy may or may not end up taking, and may or may not have actually been hit by Ukraine army who may or may not also have been escorting it (if it ever existed). It gets more desperate, and yet more pathetic.

Gandulf's picture

These Oligarch have $100+ Billion Dollars between them but are asking taxpayers in the US and Europe to fund their dirty little war.  Ukraine is a failed state because of these dual-citizen arseholes and US/EU taxpayer money is being used to maintain the status quo. 

Gregor Samsa's picture

Poor Uke rebels... if only they were Syrian rebels we would gladly arm them in the fight against an oppressive government waging a war against their own people.

But unfortunately they live in Ukraine, which means we support the oppressive government waging a war against their own people.

Make sense?

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

stranger things ARE happening. Such as the UD govt is supplying both the syrian rebels(ISIS), and the iraqi military. So why not fund both sides here too, i mean, its not like we cant just PRINT MOAR MONEY.

WTFx10's picture

"So why not fund both sides here too"


The international Bankers do it all the time!

Well they tell us they are international but we know what nation most of them belong to or at least use to their advantage and our disadvantage if you question it.

Infinite QE's picture

And I demand that these New Bolshevik terrorists driving the world towards WWW 3 be put down like the rabid dogs they are!

Gandulf's picture

 The Bolshevics, who were 90% jewish, murdered over 10 million Ukrainians in the Holodomor. The descendents of the Bolsheviks are still active in the Ukraine and Russia. In Israel the arrival of the Bolsheviks in the early nineties turned Israel to the Extreme right.

MsCreant's picture

Should I feel sorry for Obama??

There is a point this all piles on so much it goes from overwhelming to funny.


saints51's picture

Well he is a bed wetter.

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Yes you should feel very sorry for the Kenyan. He hasn't been able to break 90 after his last 200 rounds of golf!

ebworthen's picture

Send him two pink golf balls and with a note that says:

"Put these in your briefs next time you talk to Putin, they might help."

Uncle Remus's picture

I'll bet you can get Sheriff Joe to gift O'Duffer some pink boxers too.

MsCreant's picture

Joe sure ain't gonna gift him the balls!

Well, unless they, you know, get together, you know, if the rumors were true, er, uh...

dr.charlemagne's picture

stop bothering him, he is on vacation

Itchy and Scratchy's picture


ebworthen's picture

How ironic; my tax dollars used to prop a neo-Nazi putsch regime 69 years after the end of WWII - in which Russia was our ally defeating the Nazi's.

The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves and King George is laughing.

Sofa King Confused's picture

We are the Nazi's this time around.

WTFx10's picture

ZIONISTS I think is the better term. Well defiantly the government is ZO, will the majority of the goy follow our traitorous leaders?

Uncle Remus's picture

Finally - I can break out the jodhpurs.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

intervention breeds moar intervention. "free trade with all nations, entagling alliances with none". Our founding fathers were cognizant of history. They understood that the monarchies of europe would slaughter each others citizens in mostly pointless warfare every couple of generations, and wanted no part of it. And to think, ALL of this is a result of our involvment in Europe's genocidal wars, which we began to participate in at the beginning of the last century

Escrava Isaura's picture


Psssst! Let me tell a secret, but don't tell anyone.

Your history is pretty distorted.

You need to get ‘curious’ about the “Founding Lawyers.” And a good place to start: Shays’ Rebellion

Once at it, I would suggest you take a ‘Quick’ look at the link below:

Then, you could also read “The Constitution,” side by side with the “Magna Carta,” which was written 574 years earlier. It will be an eye opener about the “Founding Lawyers”.

Then, finish with "High Religiosity and Societal Dysfunction in the United States during the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century",d.cWc

Wonder why I gave all these ‘goodies’ to you?

So you can become a more desirable, and knowledgeable person.

Good luck, cowboy!

Nice hat.

Uncle Remus's picture


The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves and King George is laughing.

And they keep trying to blame the earthquakes and rumbling sounds on fraking...

Ludwig Von's picture

And the EU (not Europe, that includes Russia sic), is running like a chicken without head in all this melodrama. Soon to become real drama. As a European I do not see the irony, just the utterly stupity of the Western leaders.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

@eb: "The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves and King George is laughing."

Eb, King George wasn't just a Monarch.  He was England's Oligarch #1.  Feudalism is coming back (Feudalism 2.0), and these "armies" are Private, Feudal Armies (Mercs & Local Nutjobs) that are being inserted into the Regular Armed Forces

Their "hostile takeover" starts in boardrooms, then migrates into politics, then the Armed Forces, and finally bares its ravenous teeth when conducting a hostile takeover in the target country via said Armed Forces.  Often done is concert with or tacit approval of equally compromised regimes in "Ally" countries.

p.s. At least Monarchs were Single-Citizen Oligarchs, with allegiance only to their own nation/country.  Not the same can be said for modern Oligarchs, in many cases.

alexcojones's picture

Okay Ukies,

We can send you the Ferguson PD, Mizzoo NG and the New Black Panthers & DHS as an extra bonus.

Good luck against the Separatists,

falak pema's picture

MIC becomes uber alles! 


The West has nothing else to sell to the slave arbitraged third world --that sweats in its Foxconn body shops to make I-delusion products-- other than the MIC and the NSA information spooky state. 

Oh, and the financial IMF/CB bonanza of free money with a interest rate tag that makes you hooked for eternity.

"you belong to us under the MIC/IMF collective gun. So just give us --ad vitam eternam-- rights to you RM, your Oil and your slave labour." 

q99x2's picture

BTFMCB - Buy the F'n mushroom clouds bitchez.

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Send them the Transgendered Navy Squeals!

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

Nothing's tougher than the dudes from the leather bars. Mercy, the enemy would be running full speed to not get caught by Frank and Joel.