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Friday, August 11, 2006

Olmert the Johnson-McNamara of Israel?

This won't end well.

If true, this explains a lot of what we've been seeing. War is not politics. Politics is not war. But war is politics by other means. Politicians and generals sometimes forget the first two, usually politicians. Towards the end of his career General Douglas MacArthur dabbled in politics and watched the Chinese come streaming over the Yalu River.

Politicians: objectives

Generals: means

Got it?

UPDATE: apparently not

UPDATE: "Right-wing" Haaretz?

Perhaps Reuters should have said a "broad strata" of Israeli society thinks Olmert is not up to the job?
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert faced a backlash on Friday over a U.N. proposal to end the war in Lebanon, with army officers saying they were held back and right-wing rivals calling for new elections.

"Olmert must go," read a front page headline in Israel's left-leaning Haaretz newspaper.

Military incompetence when under rocket fire and threats of annihilation from the patron of the shooters negates partisan affiliation apparently. Notice how there's a right wing but the left only leans? Check news articles for "left wing." You'll almost never see it, even applied to former members of the Baader-Meinhof Gang who became EU politicians. The only extreme tends to be right. But Haaretz got a "left-leaning" from Reuters which is progress(ive).

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