Breaking: Israeli Troops Enter Southern Lebanon

In the raids that we’ve been expecting, Israel has invaded southern Lebanon to hit specific strongholds of Hizbullah. See the story, and some commentary on CNN’s coverage of this at Little Green Footballs.

Birds of a Feather, Slackers, and Unintended Consequences

vultures.jpgIt’s one thing to be a slacker, it’s quite another to carp at someone doing a great job while you are slacking. We’ve been at war now almost five years, and congress has been seriously slacking.

It’s easier for most of them to criticize President Bush and score face-time with the media than to actually do the job their constituents elected them to do. So we have a strange amalgam of Republicans and Democrats, all on the President’s back for failing to do his duty correctly when they haven’t created the legislation needed to protect Americans and to enable federal agencies to protect us.

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Syria Smuggling rockets to Hezbullah, Israel intercepts

Israel has intercepted Syrian Army rockets being smuggled into Lebanon, a clear indication that Syria is directly involved, and in violation of a UN resolution banning giving arms to Hizbullah. Story from Ynet:

Although Hizbullah has suffered a harsh blow from Israeli air force strikes which took out a good percentage of their available weapons, Syria was continuing to smuggle arms into Lebanon to rearm the group, IDF Operations Branch Head Major General Gadi Eisenkot said during a press briefing Tuesday.

Thus far, the IAF managed to intercept a number of trucks transporting rockets from Syria to Hizbullah, including trucks laden with the 20mm-diameter rockets with warheads like the one that hit the Haifa train depot  Monday, claiming eight lives. Maj.-Gen. Eisenkot said he would be very surprised if official elements in Syria were unaware of these transports.

“These are rockets that belong to the Syrian army. You can’t find them in the Damascus market, and the Syrian government is responsible for this smuggling,” Eisenkot said, but stressed, “We are not operating against Syria or the Lebanese army.”