Entries in Lebanon (2)


Rick Perry Mistakes Lebanon for Libya

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a bit of an “oops” moment on Saturday when he mistakenly referred to the administration’s response to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi as occurring in Lebanon instead of Libya.

“I fear where we’ve come to in America, where our administration won’t make one phone call to save our men and women in a embassy in Lebanon,” Perry said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.

Earlier in his speech, Perry referred to his brush with forgetfulness during the 2012 Republican presidential primary and shared with the crowd why he personally relates to Peter the Apostle.

“It was the same Peter whose mouth sometimes ran faster than his brain,” Perry said. “Let me tell you I can relate to Peter.

“I’ve learned a little bit about humility, particularly on national television,” Perry said. “But the fact is, God hadn’t called the perfect to go into the arena of public service. He’s called people just like you and just like me.”

Despite the mistake in his speech Saturday, Perry urged Republicans to adopt the demeanor of a “happy warrior” and doled out a simple piece of advice for conservatives.

“Smile when you disagree with a liberal,” Perry said. “Shake your head as Ronald Reagan once said, he said you know, liberals know so much that isn’t so.”

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House Panel to Hold Hearing on Egypt & Lebanon Next Week

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced Wednesday night that next week the panel will hold a two-day hearing on the continuing crisis in Egypt and also the less-publicized trouble in Lebanon after Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government was replaced by a new Hezbollah-controlled coalition.

On Day One -- next Wednesday, Feb. 9 -- the committee will hear testimony on the implications for U.S. Policy and Allies in the Broader Middle East from Elliott Abrams, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Lorne Craner, president of the International Republican Institute.

On Day Two -- next Thursday, Feb. 10 -- the committee will hear testimony from James B. Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State, and has invited Michèle Flournoy, Undersecretary for Policy at the Department of Defense, to testify as well.

Additional witnesses could be added to the panels.

After Hosni Mubarak announced he would not seek re-election in Egypt’s elections next September, Ros-Lehtinen expressed her dissatisfaction Tuesday that Mubarak would stay in power through the vote. Ros-Lehtinen also called on Mubarak to schedule “legitimate, democratic, internationally recognized elections in the near future, not eight months from now.”

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