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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Two pictures summarize US foreign policy in the Middle East
One picture (top) shows the fancy Cessna plane (we use for spraying pesticides on crops in California) which the US embassy--with great fanfare (the etymology of the last word is Arabic, according to M.W. Watt but he never convinced me)--paraded before the press in Lebanon with all the top brass of the Lebanese Army in attendance. Worse, the US embassy in Beirut, which treats Arabs as if they are idiots, said that the Cessna was a gift to the "Lebanese Air Force"--as if US/Israel allow Lebanon to have an "air force". We have US documents from the 1970s showing the US consistently blocked any advanced weapons to the Lebanese Army because of Israeli "concerns". The other picture shows the F-35 in the Israeli occupation entity. (thanks Ted Bey for the second picture).
Comic by Terry Furry, reproduced from "Heard the One About the Funny Leftist?" by Cris Thompson, East Bay Express
As'ad AbuKhalil, born March 16, 1960. From Tyre, Lebanon, grew up in Beirut. Received his BA and MA from American University of Beirut in pol sc. Came to US in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. Taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He served as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, an experience that only served to increase his disdain for maintream US media. He is now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. His favorite food is fried eggplants.
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