US Security Aid Archive
TOCS, “Tilting At Lebanon” At 4:30pm, US Security Assistance, Iranian Engagement, Turkey In Free Fall, Etc.Posted on August 13, 2010Today’s show is going to be a followup and update to last week’s Lebanon episode, focusing this time on the political and military controversies swirling around Lebanese security assistance. It’s now beyond dispute that the sniper rifles and personnel carriers...
Posted on August 9, 2010Buried in an article about Congressional grumpiness directed at security assistance to the LAF, a real head-scratcher: A State Department official said that the US is still trying to ascertain the facts regarding the incident, including whether there’s any truth...
Posted on August 7, 2010There are entire books to be written about why media outlets – as opposed to identifying what’s going on in photographs – have taken to filling their captions with brazenly false anti-Israel disinformation. Journalistic institutions have ossified, with a hard...
TOCS, “Lebanese Complicity” At 4:30pm, Lebanon’s Border Ambush, US Security Assistance, UNIFIL, Etc.Posted on August 6, 2010There were some mildly positive murmurs about last week’s schedule change to Friday, so we’re going to try it for one more week before deciding on whether to move things back to Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, this week’s show is going to...
Posted on August 4, 2010Say what you will about our foreign policy pseudo-sophisticates, but when they commit to counterproductive policies grounded in incoherent assumptions, they stay committed. Whether they’re pushing public diplomacy apology tours to the Muslim world to “spread the truth about American...
Posted on December 30, 2009I’ll be broadcasting 2009′s last TOCS episode live from Bulgaria, Bulgaria being a country that suffered for five centuries under the Ottoman yoke and – emerging from that and later from the Iron Curtain – has just committed more troops...
Lebanon Endorses Hezbollah Weapons Stockpile Despite Hezbollah Promises For A Near-Term War On IsraelPosted on December 4, 2009So much for that vaunted UN ceasefire: Lebanon’s new government Wednesday endorsed Hezbollah’s right to keep its weapons, the latest sign that the Iran-backed group has no intention of meeting a United Nations resolution calling for it to disarm. Lebanon’s...
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