"That hadn't crossed anyone's mind three weeks ago, and now it's the objective of the Israeli war" - Benn This war of choice started without much strategic thinking. The stated goals were: Dismantling Hizballah with NO intl' force. Hizballah cannot simply be eliminated by military means alone; the talk was just talk. Another tactical question was the damage rockets can cause. We know today, and should have known, that many will find their target. The wishful thinking of dismantling Hizballah may have made it unimportant to use Israeli cities as rocket absorbers. It is now becoming clear that the original stated goals will not be achieved. What do you do? PR. Justify the old approach by exaggerating the danger into "existential", and use Churchillian language (but now after the fact) to make the population accept their "past" sacrifice. Politics involves a lot of PR, but one expects good policies too, not just coverup talk.
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from the article: ANALYSIS: Giving the war an image of victory, not a draw