A small blurb taken from the US Embassy’s Beirut Lebanon website to Americans stuck in Lebanon:
The Department of State reminds American citizens that the U.S. government does not provide no-cost transportation but does have the authority to provide repatriation loans to those in financial need. For the portion of your trip directly handled by the U.S. Government we will ask you to sign a promissory note and we will bill you at a later date. In a subsequent message, when we have specific details about the transporation [sic] arrangments [sic], we will inform you about the costs you will incur. We will also work with commercial aircraft to ensure that they have adequate flights to help you depart Cyprus and connect to your final destination.
Got that? We’ll spend billions of American taxpayer’s dollars to fight a war in Iraq under false pretenses, but if you’re stuck in Lebanon you can expect to receive a bill. But hey, at least we’re willing to give you a loan so you can afford to save your sorry hides!