The United States has denounced Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria’s civil war and ordered the terror organization to withdraw from the conflict.
According to a statement by the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday:
[W]e condemn in the strongest terms Hassan Nasrallah’s recent declarations confirming Hezbollah’s militants – Hezbollah militants’ active role in the fighting in Qusair and other parts of Syria. This is an unacceptable and extremely dangerous escalation. We demand that Hezbollah withdraw its fighters from Syria immediately. We remain deeply concerned about reports of multiple cross-border security incidents in recent days. We also condemn yesterday’s outrageous attack on a Lebanese army checkpoint near Arsal which killed three soldiers. These and other incidents are stark reminders that the conflict in Syria poses an incredibly dangerous threat to Lebanon’s stability, the people of Lebanon and security. We call on all parties to do their part to act with restraint and respect Lebanon’s stability and security.
I don’t know if anyone in the State Dept. has a sense of humor, but this statement will definitely be treated as a joke by Russia, Iran and everyone in the Mideast, particularly by Hezbollah itself.
This is just one more example of an empty pseudo-threat by the Obama administration that, like the various empty “red line” threats, only illustrates the chaos and utter confusion in Washington Mideast policy.