It seems that while our writing styles are different, on almost every major issue, Bruce and I agree. Sometimes I will consider a news item or interesting quotation as the subject of potential blog and then, before I have started to write the post, will find that he has already blogged on the topic. In just the past month, he “scooped” me on Ben Stein’s praise of the president, Lanny Davis’s thoughts on Liberal McCarthyism and Tony Snow’s “Smackdown” of Cindy Sheehan.
We differ, however, on UN Resolution 1701 which Bruce calls “our version of ‘Peace in Our Time’.” And it seems our differences reflect those of conservatives pundits and bloggers. While a majority share Bruce’s view of this flawed resolution, a handful share my view, including Captain Ed and Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom.
I learned today that while not cautiously optimistic about the resolution as is Goldstein*, one of my favorite columnists pretty much echoes my views, though expresses his thoughts far better than I have mine. In his column today, Charles Krauthammer contends that Israel will be able to “take care of itself.” He fears, however, that Lebanese democracy, “the high point . . . of the Bush doctrine” will be lost.”
The first Israel-Hezbollah war ended in a tie, and in this kind of warfare, tie goes to the terrorist. Yet there is no doubt that had Israel been permitted to proceed with the expanded offensive it began two days before the cease-fire, Israel would eventually have destroyed Hezbollah in the south, albeit at great cost to itself, Lebanon and Israel’s patron, the United States. Which is why the war was called off.
Fortunately, the Israel army learns from its mistakes and adapts its tactics and equipment to address problems in past engagements. The army is already investigating problems in the war and will not be caught flat-footed in the next battle as they were in the most recent one.