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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Golda Meir He Aint

There really is no point discussing the aftermath and details of the Winograd Report. It didn't say anything we didn't already know since about Day 7 of the war. Olmert was inept, inexperienced, and gave the Army free reign because of it. Peretz was disgustingly inept, horrifically inexperienced, and incredibly stupid to even do the minimal aspects of the job of Minister of Defense. Halutz was a "fly boy" who had no conceptual knowledge of how to fight a ground war. He insisted on using air power, solely, to achieve his objectives, over the immense protest from the ground forces command. He refused to use the "book" that had been planned and practiced extensively for the exact scenario that occurred. He was disgustingly arrogant and refused to take anybody else's advise until it was too late to be effective. DUH!!!

We already knew all this. The only thing we have really learned here is how disgustingly arrogant and selfish our dear Prime Minister Olmert continues to be. In the immediate aftermath of the war, Olmert blamed every failure on his predecessors, and continued to toe the line that he did everything right. He was a lawyer to the very end. Now, when the proof of his responsibility and malfeasance is laid out, he still refuses to acknowledge his part in the whole debacle and continues to detract any semblance of accountability away from himself. He says the government made mistakes, and he won't resign, because he needs to stay and fix those errors. He refuses to acknowledge that the mistake was his; the error he needs to fix his himself. And, the only way to correct that error is to step down. In the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War, Golda Meir and Moshe Dayan, amongst others, knew that not only did they have to step down because of the their errors, but they had to step down in order to start the process of fixing the moralle of the country. Had they refused to resign, the country's faith in the government to do what's right for the people would have been shattered. Let's put it in plain terms here. Olmert doesn't give a damn about the people. He is delusional enough to think that if he can just stay in power until the end of his term, he'll be able to do something in order to regain some popularity. OK, let's put it in even plainer terms. He's a power hungry S.O.B., and he's not going to let anyone force him out of a seat he's spent more than 2 decades trying to sit in. READ THE REST...

However, at this point, it's no longer in Olmert's hands. He's dead in the water. It's just a matter of time until some-one fishes him out. Here's what Olmert is most likely going to do in order to regain some semblance of popularity or effectivity. He's going to make one last push to get Shalit back. The government is a laughing joke. Olmert believes that in order to get Kadima to keep in power, he has to ante up and prove he can run a government. I truly believe that within the week, we will little rumors flying that Olmert is caving in to the bloody demands of HAMAS in order to get Shalit back. How sad that it won't work. Olmert will still be kicked out, and thousands of murderers will be let out to put more blood directly on Olmert's hands. Shalit will be returned, but at the price of a selfish man willing to risk hundreds of lives for a few more days of reprieve.

Make no mistake about it. The Army's mistakes are being corrected and are being corrected well. The only this is happening is because Halutz had the presence of mind to finally call it quits and allow for a complete overhaul of the top echelons of the military. The government's mistakes can't be correct either until those responsible for those mistakes hold themselves accountable and step aside. Both Olmert and Peretz are a ticking time bomb waiting to go off, and not even a daring and dangerous rescue of Shalit can save them now.


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11 Comments:

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Michael said...

So, as new Israeli citizens, here are the important questions to ask:

What is the equivalent to the impeachment process here, and how do we get it started?

OR

What can the Knesset do about removing Olmert?

OR

Does the President have the power to dissolve the government, and call new elections?

How do "we the people" push for any of the above?

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger Eitan Ha'ahzari said...

Interesting post. Golda Meir he ain't sure enough but really now what was so special about Golda Meir? Yeah, she had a knack for humor and was a solid leader but as far as religious Zionism goes, neither Golda nor Olmert give a damn(excuse my French).

But yeah, no use comparing Olmert to Golda Meir. And a question: are you guys attending the anti-government rally in Telli?

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Jerusalem Joe said...

Good write up, but you are missing an important point - what the hell are we to do with the fools that voted these people into office in the first place?

 
At 8:05 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Actually, it sounds like he's going to push for evacuation of West Bank settlements. Since I think his three remaining supporters are on the right, I'm not sure what the point is.

 
At 12:52 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

OK, one comment at a time:
michael, a) the president does NOT have the power to dissolve the Knesset. At most, he has the authority to appoint a person who he thinks can make a coalition. Add to that, we don't really have a President at the moment, and the acting President at the moment is a member of Olmert's party, so that's pretty much moot. b) The knesset can knock down the government by voting in a no confidence vote against Olmert. If he can't get a coalition together, the government will fall. c) This isn't an impeachable offense, even in the states. He didn't break any laws. He just made egregious errors.

Eitan, Golda had balls. Let's leave it at that.

jerusalem joe, good question. Simple answer. We send them to the loony bin along with Olmert and Peretz. May they live and be well in their padded rooms.

brian, I really don't think he'll do that. My money is on a last ditch push to get Shalit out. After this report, Olmert's comments during the war that it was the perfect time for more disengagements is fresh in everyone's minds. He's not going to push that button again.
-OC

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Looks like you might be right about Shalit.

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger Yoel.Ben-Avraham said...

The modern state of Israel is at a cross roads in its development. To continue to not only exist but also to thrive as the heart of Jewish life throughout the world, requires a systematic reformation of most components of Israel's government, justice, education and social welfare systems.

Nothing less than a revolution is likely to succeed. Interested in reading my "Orange Revolution Manifesto?"

I look forward to your feedback.

 
At 12:54 PM, Blogger Eitan Ha'ahzari said...

OC: So did you attend the rally? In my mind it was a needless enterprise if only because it attracted religious Zionists and Peace Now activist alike. Our roads are not bound with theirs and in the long run this "rubbing of elbows" will do more harm than good. What do you think?

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger Eitan Ha'ahzari said...

Yoel, I read your manifesto with much interest. In principal, I agree with what you say though I'd include some clear wording about the Palestinian problem in any Orange Revolution manifesto as you call your article. In my opinion the right course of action at this point is signing up for the Likud just to vote in Moshe Feiglin. Bibi is a joke and a failure and we must do everything to make sure he isn't our next P.M.

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Eitan, no, I didn't go; not because I thought it was a needless enterprise, but because I had to work. I don't believe it was, and I think the fact that all walks of life came to the event was an excellent display of unity in a time of crisis. Even-though, Shalom Achshav and the settlement movement came with different agendas and reasons, they were there for the same purpose: to show solidarity against a corrupt government that needs to be taken down. I don't think there will be any long term effects, good or bad. After this is done, each side will go their own way, and nothing will have changed.

As per your remark about Bibi, I don't agree. He is no joke, and he was doomed to from the beginning to fail his premiership. There was no way he could do anything he wanted to do in the face of an assassination. Oslo was going down, but Rabin's assassination created an aura of having to continue the process for Rabin's memory. There was no way for Bibi to succeed. In that sense, I believe he deserves a second shot. He was an excellent Finance Minister, and in that, I believe he will be remembered for doing the utmost good for the country; not as his role as PM.
-OC

 
At 9:20 PM, Blogger Eitan Ha'ahzari said...

Olah: You make a what I feel is a good point concerning Bibi. However, I've stopped believing in secular Zionists. They're apt to turn their backs on those who voted them in ala the Bulldozer. We've seen this phenomenon happen on more than one occassion and I just don't think they have the same deep-rooted connection to the Land of Israel.

I think Bibi was one if not the best Finance Minister we've ever had. He accomplished so much in his stint as Minister. But I'd take Feiglin over Bibi in a heartbeat.

 

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