- Oct 9, 2009
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The challenge is in aligning the needs of Lebanon's military with what's actually available from U.S. agencies, an expert explains.
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Lebanon“These Low loaders are expected to be added to the transportation regiment in the Lebanese armed forces, whereby vehicles with similar capabilities are centralized at the same site to facilitate maintenance and professional training, and will be dispatched for tactical use only,” retired Lebanese Army Brig. Gen. Maroun Hitti, who served as the director of operations and the deputy chief of staff for planning, told Defense News.
He said the deal will see 80 trucks delivered to the three countries, each of which has an approximate value of $200,000. (The remaining money is to go toward maintenance costs.)
Hitti said that, amid Lebanon’s economic crisis, the trucks are expected to tremendously reduce the cost of transportation, while increasing military mobility.
Aram Nerguizian, senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Defense News that the initial delivery to Lebanon is for 23 HEMTTS (10 M977A4s and 13 M978A4s).
“These 23 trucks to the LAF [Lebanese Armed Forces] are part of a larger purchase of modern transportation systems using U.S. funding,” he said, explaining that this is part of a much larger $40 million acquisition by the military of more than 160 trucks.
The military “is using Section 333 to procure 50 2.5-ton trucks, and 50 5-ton trucks,” he said, referring to a U.S. government authority used to build the capacity of partner nations. “Additional 70 5-ton trucks are to be contracted under [the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Military Financing program] by the LAF.”
The big question is whether the empire withdraws its legions from the periphery for economic reasons or because it will need them inside.
The populous generally is pro western, the west should not force the country eastward. The EU must constantly publicize that Turkey needs to meet EU prerequistes. Pressure Erdogan until he changes or the people remove him. Westeern corps need to continully press Erdogan to change to economically develop. The country is enriching w/o being forced to join the west. Western investment has the power.A rapprochement between Turkey and the US? Essentially who can trust a Turkey led by Erdigan who has destabilised NATO already with his pro Russian campaign? Militarily it threatens NATO's flank and threatens operations in the eastern Mediterranean TOO. This is no mere dalliance but a tactic to pitch the two blocks of interest at odds and it could end very badly. I can see Turkey being removed from NATO which would play into a certain pair of actors hands, "They made me do it" style.
The UN Security Council extended a peacekeeping force in Bosnia-Herzegovina in a unanimous vote on November 3 that came after any mention of the office of an international peace envoy was removed from the text of the resolution to win support from Russia and China.www.rferl.org