Israeli Leaders Fault Bush on War
Amid the political and diplomatic fallout from Israel’s faltering invasion of Lebanon, some Israeli officials are privately blaming President George W. Bush for egging Prime Minister Ehud Olmert into the ill-conceived military adventure against the Hezbollah militia in south Lebanon.After four weeks the Israelis had been unable to make any significant progress in Lebanon. Both the world and the Israeli people had had enough. As a result the chimp in chief once again started listening to Condi and the State Department instead of the Strangelovian Vice President Cheney, and UN Security Council Resolution 1701 was born.
Bush conveyed his strong personal support for the military offensive during a White House meeting with Olmert on May 23, according to sources familiar with the thinking of senior Israeli leaders.
Olmert, who like Bush lacks direct wartime experience, agreed that a dose of military force against Hezbollah might damage the guerrilla group’s influence in Lebanon and intimidate its allies, Iran and Syria, countries that Bush has identified as the chief obstacles to U.S. interests in the Middle East.
As part of Bush’s determination to create a “new Middle East” – one that is more amenable to U.S. policies and desires – Bush even urged Israel to attack Syria, but the Olmert government refused to go that far, according to Israeli sources.
One source said some Israeli officials thought Bush’s attack-Syria idea was “nuts” since much of the world would have seen the bombing campaign as overt aggression.
This may well be a turning point for the State of Israel and not a good one. With all their military might they could not defeat three or four thousand Hezbollah soldiers and make no mistake, that's what they were, soldiers. They will now be seen as weak by the rest of the Arab world, not as the invincible Israelis that took on all the Arab armies years ago.
Yes it is an unmitigated disaster and they have the Bill Kristols, Dick Cheneys and yes Joseph Liebermans to thank for it. When is enough is enough?
According to Seymour Hersh I only got it partly right, see above.