Last May, the Iran-backed Shiite organization Hezbollah won a majority in the Lebanese Parliament.
Following their victory, Hezbollah demanded that Lebanese Prime Minster Saad Hariri give them control over the Health Ministry and turn over the Defense Ministry to Hezbollah allies.
Despite Hariri’s initial refusal, the Lebanese leader has now acquiesced to Hezbollah’s demands. Jamil Jabak, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s former physician, is now in control of Health Ministry. Hezbollah ally, Elias Bou Saab now heads the Defense Ministry as well.
Although Hairi is still the Head of State in Lebanon, he is virtually powerless as Hezbollah and its allies are in firm control of most of the Lebanese government.
With an organization like Hezbollah, who has an openly anti-American agenda, now gaining control of the Lebanese government, it’s time to reconsider the U.S’s foreign policy in the Middle East.
It can start by cutting off aid to Lebanon. According to Caroline Glick, the U.S. already drops a generous amount of foreign aid into Lebanon:
“The U.S. is a major supporter of the government of Lebanon. U.S. aid to Lebanon in 2018 totaled $236 million, $90 million of which came in the form of military aid.”
In light of the recent Lebanese election results, the Trump administration should entertain the idea of completely cutting off foreign aid in Lebanon.
This would be a good first step in phasing out aid foreign altogether, which has proven to be ineffective and only benefits corrupt political elites in the recipient countries. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), America doled out $49 billion in foreign aid during 2016. The next step would be to withdraw from Middle Eastern affairs altogether.
The Middle East is a violence-ridden region that has been dotted with political conflict for over a millennia. No amount of U.S. foreign aid or intervention will change that.
For that reason, Senators like Rand Paul have stepped up and advised President Trump to follow through with his America First agenda by withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and Syria. Unfortunately, the DC political class would rather maintain the endless war status quo, as witnessed by their 68-23 vote opposing President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops.
Although Afghanistan and Syria policies are up in the air, Trump can still score a quick foreign policy win by discontinuing foreign aid to Lebanon.
Ending foreign aid is as America First as it gets.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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