U.S. family: Get us out of Lebanon | cnn.comMake 'em pay... it's the law!
I am DISGUSTED by this family that has gotten so much media attention with their message of "Come Get Us" from Lebanon.
Lebanon has been on the State Department's list of places Americans should NOT go for ages. And it was not so long ago that Lebanon was occupied by Syria. The country has been war torn for decades and his a cess pool for terrorists. So what family in their right mind would take their children on a "vacation" to Lebanon?
Even if I think they are idiots, the Esseilly's certainly have the freedom to go to Lebanon. But, why should I, the American taxpayer, foot the bill to rescue their butts?
Word has it that we have rescued them, without charge. I hope they get a proper welcome home by the taxpayers.
In related news... Democratic stumblings get more and more delicious! From the FoxNews Political Grapevine:
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is calling on the president to immediately declare that the U.S. will start bearing the costs of evacuating its citizens from Lebanon, instead of charging them, saying, "A nation that can provide more than $300 billion for a war in Iraq can provide the money to get its people out of Lebanon."
BUT the president isn't authorized to reverse the policy - which requires citizens to pay commercial fare plus a dollar for government evacuation - since it's encoded in the 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act. That law was approved by the House and the Democratic controlled Senate in 2002.
Pelosi herself voted for the measure.
LOVE IT! SEC. 208. EMERGENCY EVACUATION SERVICES.
Section 4(b)(2)(A) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2671(b)(2)(A)) is amended to read as follows:
`(A) the evacuation when their lives are endangered by war, civil unrest, or natural disaster of (i) United States Government employees and their dependents, and (ii) private United States citizens or third-country nationals, on a reimbursable basis to the extent feasible, with such reimbursements to be credited to the applicable Department of State appropriation and to remain available until expended. No reimbursement shall be required which is greater than the amount the person evacuated would have been charged for a commercial air fare at the lowest rate available immediately prior to the onset of the war, civil unrest, or natural disaster giving rise to the evacuation.'.