The Corner

the consequences of a lackluster campaign

Unfortunately, this NRO editorial from earlier in the week seems to be holding up pretty well:

There are a few options, then. Israel could significantly broaden its military offensive, which would offer the best chance of changing the dynamic; this is still under consideration. It could continue to fight a limited war against Hezbollah in some form or other for weeks, hoping that it can hurt Hezbollah over time and that no political disaster — like the fall of the Lebanese government — will happen in the interim. Or it can let American diplomacy run its course and hope for the best, knowing that the U.S. is not operating in ideal circumstances and that, even if Hezbollah accepts a deal, the outcome will probably only be a stopgap prior to the next war. If none of Israel’s options is appealing, it is because there are consequences to waging a mediocre military campaign.

The U.S. has an interest in seeing the hostile states of Syria and Iran weakened through their proxy Hezbollah, so it is a disappointment that Israel isn’t decisively winning against the terror group.  But this is part of a broad, ongoing struggle with Islamism for control of the Middle East. There will be other battles.

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