US to seek emergency military aid for Lebanese Army

The Bush administration said Wednesday that it wants to speed up US aid for Lebanon's Army because of the recent wave of sectarian fighting. The administration plans to ask Congress to quickly approve military spending that was already in the works. State Department spokesman Tom Casey would not say how much money the administration is seeking. He also would not say what the money would buy, but previous military grants have gone to buy ammunition, armor and the like. Bush telegraphed the request in interviews ahead of his current Middle East trip. He said he wants to beef up the Lebanese Army, but he also expressed disappointment in the Army's recent performance.