What Americans Can Learn From the Winograd Report

By Shmuel Rosner, May 1, 2007, on disinfo.com.

All wars are alike, and so are all investigations of failed wars.

How familiar it all must seem to an American reading the Winograd Committee report. The committee, charged with shedding light on the failure of Israel’s war in Lebanon last summer, concluded that “[t]he decision to respond with an immediate, intensive military strike was not based on a detailed, comprehensive and authorized military plan, based on careful study of the complex characteristics of the Lebanon arena.”

Simultaneously reading the report and George Tenet’s new book gives one the impression that all wars and all politicians are alike. The already famous quote from At the Center of the Storm, by the former CIA chief—”There was never a serious debate” nor “was there ever a significant discussion” about the possibility of containing Iraq without invasion—fits perfectly with the Israeli commission’s view that “in making the decision to go to war, the government did not consider the whole range of options, including that of continuing the policy of ‘containment’ ” in Lebanon.

Indeed, all wars are alike, all politicians are alike—but even more so, all investigation of failed wars are alike. (full text).

Links:

disinfo 2006 catalog;

the main findings of the Winograd partial report, May 1, 2007.

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