March 2, 2005

Bush Demands Syria Withdraw from Lebanon

That's the headline of this AP wire story

On Syria, though, there appears to be no give in the hard U.S. position that it must withdraw its troops and security forces from Lebanon and permit the neighboring Arab country it has long dominated to run its own political affairs.

Speaking at a community college in Maryland, Bush demanded Syria give democracy a chance to flourish in Lebanon.

With France solidly aligned with the United States — in contrast to France's dissent from the Iraq war — Bush said, "The free world is in agreement that Damascus' authority over the political affairs of its neighbor must end."

Brilliant. Glenn points out that the Lebanese have a choice between:
Pretty easy to pick!

UPDATE: Friend of this blog, PubliusPundit, has been leading the pack on this story he posts about brewing action in the House:

WASHINGTON, March 2 (AFP) - A US House of Representatives subcommittee on Wednesday approved a resolution blasting the Syrian occupation of Lebanon, and called on President George W. Bush to tighten the screws on Damascus.

The resolution, introduced by Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, expresses “the grave concern of Congress” regarding Syria’s occupation of Lebanon.

The resolution describes Lebanon as a “captive country” and states that Syria’s occupation “represents a long-term threat to the security of the Middle East, as well as US efforts “to promote political and economic liberalization in the region.”

Freedom on the March Posted by John Kranz at March 2, 2005 7:04 PM

Have you noticed that the freedom protestors (where ever they are) are usually good lookin' babes?

Posted by: AlexC at March 3, 2005 1:57 AM

Instapundit has shown five in row from Lebanon, all of whom are very attractive. It strikes me as a "Free Beverly Hills!" opportunity.

Posted by: jk at March 3, 2005 10:13 AM | What do you think? [2]