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Editor's Notes: A searing indictment
Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/4/7 | DAVID HOROVITZ

Posted on 05/04/2007 2:52:33 PM PDT by SmithL

For page after relentless page it continues, exposing, layer after horrifying layer, a picture of Israel's military and political capabilities so dismal, so complacent and amateurish, as to defy belief. "It can't really be this bad, can it?" you find yourself saying as you turn the pages. And then comes yet another clause, highlighting yet another untenable reality, to confirm that, yes, it really can be.

And this, remember, is only the interim report of the Winograd Committee into the failings related to the Second Lebanon War. This is the critique of that part of the war that was widely supported by the public.

Having had six years to prepare, Israelis had reasonably assumed the IDF was ready and waiting with an effective response to Hizbullah. Chillingly and caustically, Winograd divests us of that misguided confidence, and heaps mountains of blame on those who left us so vulnerable. The final report, cataloguing the stubborn maintenance of the failed hit-and-hope response even as 4,000 Katyushas fell and 163 Israelis were killed, awaits us in the summer.

The conclusions relating to the three key personalities centrally blamed for the failings have, naturally, made all the headlines since Eliahu Winograd delivered his earthquake on Monday afternoon. Unthinkably, to date, those unredeemingly damning conclusions have not begun to remake Israel's political landscape in the way the authors plainly believe is vital and urgent.

But beyond the personal, what has been stressed repeatedly in these and other columns of The Jerusalem Post in the months since this acutely mishandled war was brought to its woefully unsatisfactory end is desperately reinforced by the Winograd panel investigation: The belief that changing a few faces at the top of our political and military guard will be enough to solve our problems is suicidally delusional forthe state of Israel.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2006israelwar

1 posted on 05/04/2007 2:52:35 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Sounds like the Clinton administration if you ask me. What fool would cut our Army in half?

2 posted on 05/04/2007 2:57:29 PM PDT by RC2
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