U.S. says sends warship off coast of Lebanon
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Signaling impatience with Syria, the United States has sent its USS Cole warship off the coast of Lebanon in a “show of support” for regional stability, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
A senior Bush administration official told Reuters the United States was very concerned about the political deadlock in Lebanon, which Washington blames on Syrian meddling, and the U.S. military gesture underlined that worry.
“The United States believes a show of support is important for regional stability. We are very concerned about the situation in Lebanon. It has dragged on very long,” said the senior official, who spoke on condition he was not named.
Lebanon’s western-backed governing coalition and its Syrian- and Iranian-backed opposition have failed to reach a deal to end the country’s political conflict.
“Our sense is that there is increased nervousness, with Hezbollah people making threats and a general sense that this is not going to get resolved,” said the senior official.
Good to see the Cole back up and defending freedom and democracy in an area that desperately needs it…