Claude Cartaginese

Hillary's Foreign Policy Blunder

Posted on April 27 2009 2:47 am
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It looks as though Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s trip last month to pro-Hamas, pro-Hezbollah and pro-al Qaeda Syria, where she met with President-for-Life Bashar al-Assad in an attempt to improve relations with the Syrians (and, by extension, the Iranians, who are Syria’s puppeteers)  is starting to bear fruit—for Syria.

Emboldened by Clinton’s visit, Syria and Iran are on track to become the major beneficiaries of the upcoming Lebanese elections in June, with Hezbollah (Syria and Iran’s terrorist surrogate in Lebanon) poised to make big gains.

The Syrians, who dominated Lebanon from 1975 to 2005, promised (and delivered) nothing to Mrs. Clinton at last month’s meeting. Meanwhile, they have quietly continued to provide Hezbollah with arms and aid. Anti-Syrian, pro-U.S. factions in Lebanon’s parliament have expressed concern that the Obama administration’s talks with Syria could indicate a weakening of American support for Lebanon.

Mrs. Clinton made a surprise visit to Lebanon yesterday to try to undo the political fallout from last month’s trip to Syria. “There is nothing that we would do in any way that would undermine Lebanon’s sovereignty,” she said. “I want to assure any Lebanese citizen that the United States will never make any deal with Syria that sells out Lebanon and the Lebanese people.”

Hezbollah, however, knows better. Hezbollah spokesman Ibrahim Mussawi said Clinton’s visit could have a negative impact on the pro-U.S. factions in Lebanon.  All Hezbollah needs to do at this point is wait until June, when its efforts will bear fruit. Publicly, Hezbollah has adopted the strategy of a low-key election campaign with a moderate message in order to placate its critics.  Secretly, the terror group’s leaders are delighted that Hillary is giving them back their colony.

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