But for all that one reads in the various headlines, that is not the main news story coming out of Israel. We all already know here – even if you foreigners don’t – that if you do not go to war with the intent of destroying the enemy, you will not win. That is one of the many lessons of the Vietnam War, not to mention the Falklands War, the invasion of Iraq in 1991, and 2003, and the war we were forced to fight last summer. This is all old news here – except for the “crime minister” and his flunkies. They are a little slow on the uptake, and more than a little behind on the learning curve.
The big story comes in whispers. When I stood guard Sunday near the Prime Minister’s Office (really the equivalent of the Executive Office Building in D.C.), a passing fellow started to tell me in a very quiet voice, “My son is near Gaza. You know when he got to his base, there were no supplies; no bullets, no artillery shells, barely any rifles, no underwear, no food, no water – nothing.”
When standing guard at the village gate a couple of months ago, a young kid was telling me of his experiences in Lebanon last year; what the man talking to me about on Sunday was describing was the exact same logistical nightmare we faced in last year’s war with (it really hurts to type this) HizbAllah.
How many Winograd Commissions does it take to drive home the point that an army moves on its stomach? How many Winograd Commissions does it take to make the point that a base must be equipped properly if the soldiers operating from it are to succeed?
How many times must we see the same traitors setting up our military, the cream of our youth and the binding force of the nation, to lose in battle – making sure that they are demoralized at best and at worst, dead – before we get up on our hind legs and denounce the traitors at the top and give them the hanging rope they so richly deserve?