The White House meanwhile, says it looks forward to working with the “next” Lebanese government “on behalf of the Lebanese people” in a statement issued earlier this week.
But I’m not so sure that the words “next” and “new” should be used to describe who is governing Lebanon. As any Lebanese would know, it’s really not about who the new ministers are, but who they represent. This means that very few of the folks who actually rule the country will be physically present in the cabinet. (A cynic would say the rulers control the ministers by remote.)