Them that pays gets evacuated
Many already have commented on the wonderful BushCo™ policy of charging those we're evacuating from Lebanon for safe passage out of the country.
Welp, come to find out that suprise suprise, this has been government policy for the last three years:
Reimbursements for Emergency Overseas Evacuation. H.R. 1646 would allow the State Department to seek reimbursements for the emergency evacuation of employees of the U.S. government, their dependents, private U.S. citizens, and foreign nationals. According to the Department of State, this section of the bill codifies existing practice and would have no impact on the budget.
I'm so sure the folks leaving Lebanon would be happy that they're not, you know, impacting the budget or anything. 'Cause that would be BAD.
(By the way - when Lil' Mr. Preznit Pottymouth signed this bill, guess what - he made one of those "you ain't the boss of me" signing statements at the time:
Regrettably, the Act contains a number of provisions that impermissibly interfere with the constitutional functions of the presidency in foreign affairs. . .Such provisions, if construed as mandatory rather than advisory, would impermissibly interfere with the President's constitutional authorities. . .in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to withhold information. . . shall construe these requirements in a manner consistent with my constitutional responsibilities for the conduct of foreign affairs. . . The executive branch shall implement this provision in a manner consistent with the President's authority to supervise the unitary executive branch. . .My approval of the Act does not constitute my adoption of the various statements of policy in the Act as U.S. foreign policy. . .
Seems the "pay to play" aspect of the bill was one of the few things he DID feel didn't impose on his kingly powers.)