Vote could benefit Lebanese militants, U.S. official warns

As President Bush stepped up U.S. demands Wednesday that Syria pull its troops out of Lebanon, a senior administration official was cautioning Congress that the militant party Hezbollah could gain new power in upcoming Lebanese elections.

Well duh. Hezbollah has always wanted Syria out of Lebanon. Now, with Syria probably leaving, Hezbollah will gain power. This isn’t rocket science. Even a neocon should be able understand this.

Well, maybe not.

State Department officials have said they are not concerned that a quick pullout by Syrian forces would destabilize the country.