EVACUATING LEBANON….Garance Franke-Ruta tries to shed some light on why the evacuation of American citizens from Lebanon is going so slowly:
Individuals within the State Department, I am told, have been reluctant to create an impression that the Israeli assault on Lebanon is as bad as it is or that civilian U.S. citizens are being threatened by U.S. ally Israel. If a conflict this severe had broken out in, say, Indonesia, the American embassy would have been shut down the next day and its personnel and families rapidly brought to safety….The diplomatic message sent by shutting down the U.S. embassy in the face of Israeli bombing would have contradicted the U.S. government message of support for the Israeli mission against Hezbollah terrorists.
I guess this sounds plausible. In theory, of course, the U.S. embassy really should be safe from Israeli bombs, right?