It is not merely lack of experience and hubris (not asking for experts' advice) that failed Olmert. He has no sense of statesmanship, and this is something that cannot be repaired. At the start of the war, Olmert declared 3 UNATTAINABLE goals: 1. Dismantle Hizballah; 2. Return the captive soldiers; 3. No more UNIFIL in South Lebanon. None of these happened. To dismantle Hizballah and/or return the soldiers would have taken the invasion and capture of much of Lebanon. Not feasible. Therefore, goal 3 was also unattainable. And anybody who goes to war with unattainable goals has not the beginning of talent in this area. Olmert should resign, or be fired by his party. Give Livni a chance. She can bring in Dan Meridor as foreign minister. The man has national security expertise and is interested in peace talks. And Labor will contribute a good Defense Minister after the party elections next month. The government will look very different.
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