Friday, August 11, 2006

Olmert Must Go!!!!!!

We've had all kinds of Prime Ministers. However, we've never had a coward. We've never had a virtual leader who isn't even two-dimensional. We never had a Prime Minister who is willing to sacrifice the whole country on the altar of his arrogance (and his family's self-immolative ideology).

We never have anything like this, until Ehud Olmert. Ari Shavit put it this way on the front page of Haaretz (mirabile dictu):

Olmert Must Go
By Ari Shavit

Ehud Olmert may decide to accept the French proposal for a cease-fire and unconditional surrender to Hezbollah. That is his privilege. Olmert is a prime minister whom journalists invented, journalists protected, and whose rule journalists preserved. Now the journalists are saying run away. That's legitimate. Unwise, but legitimate.

However, one thing should be clear: If Olmert runs away now from the war he initiated, he will not be able to remain prime minister for even one more day. Chutzpah has its limits. You cannot lead an entire nation to war promising victory, produce humiliating defeat and remain in power. You cannot bury 120 Israelis in cemeteries, keep a million Israelis in shelters for a month, wear down deterrent power, bring the next war very close, and then say - oops, I made a mistake. That was not the intention. Pass me a cigar, please.

There is no mistake Ehud Olmert did not make this past month. He went to war hastily, without properly gauging the outcome. He blindly followed the military without asking the necessary questions. He mistakenly gambled on air operations, was strangely late with the ground operation, and failed to implement the army's original plan, much more daring and sophisticated than that which was implemented. And after arrogantly and hastily bursting into war, Olmert managed it hesitantly, unfocused and limp. He neglected the home front and abandoned the residents of the north. He also failed shamefully on the diplomatic front.

Still, if Olmert had come to his senses as Golda Meir did during the Yom Kippur War, if he had become a leader, established a war cabinet and called the nation to a supreme effort that would change the face of the battle, a penetrating discussion of his failures could be postponed. But in blinking first over the past 24 hours, he has become an incorrigible political personality. Therefore, the day Nasrallah comes out of his bunker and declares victory to the whole world, Olmert must not be in the prime minister's office. Post-war battered and bleeding Israel needs a new start and a new leader. It needs a real prime minister.

[The English has been watered down. If you can, see the original Hebrew here.]

UDATE: Call me a cynic, but Olmert must have read Ari Shavit. He just sent the army to the Litani.


bluke said...

As the saying goes too little too late. He only gave the Army 60 hours.

Of course the whole move makes no sense whatsoever. After all, on Wednesday the government explained that the offensive was on hold to give time for the political track. Now that the political track succeeded (the government accepted the cease fire) why go on the offensive? Furthermore, given that we are on the offensive after the ceasefire resolution was passed why exactly did we need to put the offensive on hold?

Unfortunately, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that the latest offensive is CYA, an attempt to end with some kind of feeling of victory, unfortunately for the soldiers given the time constraints it is putting them in danger and is actualy boomeranging on Olmert and Peretz.

I have a number of posts about this as well:
Olmert and Peretz are sacrificing soldiers to save themselves

The Ceasefire: Unconditional Surrender by Israel

Now Olmert starts to fight?

Tzvee said...

Maybe you didn't see the pictures we say here in the US. It looks to me like the IDF dealt major damage to Hezbollah. It looks to me like the brave bragging they are doing is meant to cloak their deep despair over their losses.

You are calling a whole lot of people and organizations incompetent when you say the things you are saying.

I'm proud of all of the IDF efforts to fight against the enemies of the Jewish State. This one is no different.

Nasrallah can say what he wants. The world knows where the power is.

Jeffrey said...

Anything short of a crushing defeat is a victory in the Arab World. So, while there was damage, it was not nearly enough. Also,in the Middle East people really do believe their own rhetoric.

I am very careful before I call people incompetent. So, if I do I mean it.

I'm glad you're proud of the IDF.

Finally, you're an historian. You know very well what world opinion is worth.