Book Faults Israeli Air War in Lebanon

[New York Times] Steven Erlanger - Divining Victory: Airpower in the 2006 Israel-Hizbullah War by William M. Arkin, to be published this month, concludes that by bombing too many targets of questionable importance for its aims, and not explaining why it bombed what it did, Israel lost the war for public opinion. The U.S. Air Force commissioned the study to learn from "the first sustained precision air campaign mounted by a country other than the United States," Arkin said. Although Israel was retaliating for a Hizbullah raid that captured two soldiers and killed others, Arkin considers the war pre-emptive. He said Israel destroyed most of Hizbullah's longer-range Syrian and Iranian missiles and launchers, which posed the largest threat to Israel.

2007-10-15 01:00:00

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