The United States plans to help train and equip the Lebanese army so it can take control of all of its territory when the warfare betweenand Hezbollah eases, the State Department said Thursday.
The program was approved by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to take effect "once we have conditions on the ground permitting," said department spokesman Sean McCormack.
McCormack provided no details on what equipment the United States might provide, the type of training that would be conducted, how many U.S. personnel would be involved, or how Associate Press
In 1982-1984 The United States attemopted the same thing. There was a lot of mutual admiration and congratulation among all those involved.
All went well until an attempt was made to use the "new Army" in combat to assert the sovereign authority of the Lebanese government. this was in the Chouf Mountains south of Beirut.
Once contact with Druze and Christian fighters was made there the units involved fell to pieces.
The United States ended its reform attempt shortly thereafter.