I think there are a lot of parallels between the Lebanon War and the US-lead invasion of Iraq. They were both ill-conceived and lacked achievable goals, a clear standard of victory, and a dignified exit strategy. I believe Olmert is blameworthy in those failings, however, I think he does deserve some credit for realizing and admitting his mistake relatively quickly. Israel's interests suffered far less than they would have if the Lebanon War had been perpetuated, in the way that the Iraq War has done so much harm to the US in the years it has dragged on (in terms of wasted lives and resources and erosion of world standing). If US leaders had admitted their mistake sooner then far less harm would have been done. So yeah I think Olmert deserves some respect in that sense...
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