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Hezbollah Now Controls Lebanon, America Still Gives Hundreds of Millions

Political reality is starting to dawn in Lebanon.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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