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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

If I ever doubted I was right, now I don't: Caroline Glick agrees with me

If I ever doubted I was right in my calls for the Olmert government to go, I doubt no longer: Caroline Glick agrees with me:
We do not need a commission to know what happened or what has to happen. The Olmert government has failed on every level. The Olmert government must go.

The Knesset must vote no confidence in this government and new elections must be carried out as soon as the law permits [90 days if I am not mistaken. CiJ]. If the Knesset hesitates in taking this required step, then the people of Israel must take to the streets in mass demonstrations and demand that our representatives send Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and their comrades out to pasture. [I suspect we are going to have to take to the streets, unless a lot of Kadima Achora MK's suddenly wake up and realize that if Olmert doesn't go, they will be forced to go with him. CiJ]

Every aspect of the government's handling of the war has been a failure. Take relief efforts as an example. For five weeks the government ignored the humanitarian disaster in the North where over one million Israelis are under missile assault. The government developed no comprehensive plan for organizing relief efforts to feed citizens in bomb shelters or for evacuating them.

And then there is the military failure. The IDF suffers from acute leadership failures - brought to Israel courtesy of Ariel Sharon who hacked away at the General Staff, undermined its sense of mission and treated our generals like office boys just as he decimated the Likud by undermining its political vision and promoting its weakest members. [Actually, what Sharon did was to fire anyone who did not agree with his unilateral withdrawal surrender and expulsion of Jews from Gaza. Starting with the Chief of Staff, General Moshe Ya'alon. CiJ]

Yet, guiding the generals to make the right decisions and finding the generals capable of making them in wartime is the government's responsibility. It was the government's responsibility to critique and question the IDF's operational model of aerial warfare and to cut its losses when after two or three days it was clear that the model was wrong. At that point the government should have called up the reserves and launched a combined ground and air offensive. [Yes. But it's important to point out for future reference that the problem with the air offensive is that it was too precise, when a Dresden-like scorched earth strategy was required. CiJ]

But the government didn't feel like it. [In fact, as Olmert told everyone a year ago, the government didn't feel like fighting anymore. CiJ] It wanted to win the war on the cheap. And when the air campaign did not succeed, it abandoned its war goals, declared victory and sued for a cease-fire. When the public objected, after waiting two precious weeks, the government called up the reserves but then waited another unforgivable 10 days before committing them to battle.

All the while, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni did her best to demoralize the IDF and the public by publicly proclaiming that there is no military solution to what is clearly a military conflict.

OLMERT'S DECISION Friday to begin the ground offensive was by all accounts motivated not by a newfound understanding that this is a real war, but by the headlines in the newspapers that morning calling for his resignation. Yet, by Friday, the IDF had only 48 hours to achieve the objectives it had waited a month to receive Olmert's permission to accomplish.

Diplomatically, in the space of five weeks the government managed to undermine Israel's alliance with America; to hand Syria, Hizbullah and Iran the greatest diplomatic achievements they have ever experienced; and to flush down the toilet the unprecedented international support that US President Bush handed to Israel on a silver platter at the G-8 summit.

The UN cease-fire that Olmert, Livni and Peretz applaud undercuts Israel's sovereignty; protects Hizbullah; lets Iran and Syria off the hook; lends credibility to our enemies' belief that Israel can be destroyed; emboldens the Palestinians to launch their next round of war; and leaves IDF hostages Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in captivity.

Israel's diplomatic maneuvers were cut to fit the size of our Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni who believes that her job is limited to being nice to other foreign ministers when they call her up on the telephone. In an interview with Yediot Aharonot over the weekend, Livni defended her decision not to engage in public diplomacy by claiming that this is not an important enough task for the foreign minister. It makes sense that this would be her view because as one who understands neither diplomacy nor English, she is incapable of conducting public diplomacy. [That last sentence is a classic quote. Worth of being a meme. I love it! CiJ]

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Yet the reason that this incompetent, embarrassment of a government must go is not simply because it has delivered Israel the worst defeat in its history. This government must go because every day it sits in power it exacerbates the damage it has already caused and increases the dangers to Israel.

Iran has been emboldened. Its success in the war is now being used by the ayatollahs to support their claim of leadership over the Arab world. In evidence of Iran's success, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met in Cairo with Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki. So now, after 27 years of official estrangement, Egypt is moving towards establishing full diplomatic relations with Teheran.

The Palestinians have been emboldened. Hamas leaders and spokesmen are openly stating that just as Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in May 2000 precipitated the Palestinian terror war in September 2000, so Israel's current defeat in Lebanon will spur the outbreak of a new Palestinian terror war against Israel today. [Indeed. The chinless ophthalmologist announced this morning that he's going to 'liberate' the Golan Heights. CiJ]
Read the whole thing. You all know already that I think she's right.

2 Comments:

At 9:11 AM, Blogger rogue yam said...

Is it really true that Livni doesn't speak English? Not at all? That's astounding! Especially given that Israel's most steadfast allies are all English-speaking countries (USA, UK, Australia, and Canada).

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger NY Nana said...

Carl

Yet again,Caroline Glick is spot on. I don't think that there are very many who read your blog on a daily basis that would disagree with you. Your insight has been so helpful for us, in the diasporah.

Olmert should never have become PM, and that he was not duly elected, but was the DPM to Sharon? A compounded tragedy. And as for the shape Sharon left the military in? Olmert did nothing at all to help, IIRC.

'[Yes. But it's important to point out for future reference that the problem with the air offensive is that it was too precise, when a Dresden-like scorched earth strategy was required. CiJ]

But the government didn't feel like it. [In fact, as Olmert told everyone a year ago, the government didn't feel like fighting anymore. CiJ]'

And now look..by not using a scorched earth policy? I fear that another war is not all that far behind.

90 days till there can be a new election? What he can do in the intervening time...let the demonstrations begin.

Re the chinless opthamologist? I will read that part in the AM..it would give me nightmares. This is already maddening enough.

Caroline Glick is a treasure.

 

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