The PJ Tatler

US State Dept Orders 'Non-Essential' Personnel Out of Embassy in Beirut

The State Department is also issuing one of the most obvious travel warning ever: Don’t go to Lebanon. Because Assad’s allies, Hizballah, may be planning to retaliate if the US strikes Syria.


Citing “threats to U.S. Mission facilities and personnel,” “non-emergency personnel and family members” at its embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, to leave the country.

Also, State “urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Lebanon because of current safety and security concerns.”

The news comes, of course, as the Obama administration tries to build support for its plan to strike neighboring Syria in response to evidence that President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people last month.

Get a load of this:

“The potential in Lebanon for a spontaneous upsurge in violence remains. Lebanese government authorities are not able to guarantee protection for citizens or visitors to the country should violence erupt suddenly,” the State Department warning on Lebanon continued. “Access to borders, airports, roads, and seaports can be interrupted with little or no warning. Public demonstrations occur frequently with little warning and have the potential to become violent. Family, neighborhood, or sectarian disputes often escalate quickly and can lead to gunfire or other violence with little or no warning. The ability of U.S. government personnel to reach travelers or provide emergency services may be severely limited.”

Spontaneous? You mean, like that “spontaneous” military-style assault in Benghazi last year?