Those who know Bush say his view of the conflict was shaped by several formative experiences -- in particular the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which made fighting terrorism the central mission of his presidency. Another formative experience was a helicopter ride over the West Bank with Ariel Sharon in 1998, when Bush was Texas governor -- a ride he later said showed him Israel's vulnerability. The cause of Israel has been championed by many of the evangelical Christians who make up a significant chunk of the president's political base.That quote is from an article talking about how Bush is seeing the crisis in Lebanon as an opportunity to push back against the Islamofascist front. I guess when you're using made up words to describe your enemies, you also get to use made up strategies.
One former senior administration official said Bush is only emboldened by the pressure from U.N. officials and European leaders to lead a call for a cease-fire. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan demanded yesterday that the fighting in Lebanon stop.Of course, there is no such opportunity to grind down Hezbollah, because nothing Israel has done - in over 20 years of trying - has actually worked to grind down Hezbollah. Anybody who seriously thinks that Israel is going to "win" in any meaningful sense of the word is deluded or stupid or Bush.
"He thinks he is playing in a longer-term game than the tacticians," said the former official, who spoke anonymously so he could discuss his views candidly. "The tacticians would say: 'Get an immediate cease-fire. Deal first with the humanitarian factors.' The president would say: 'You have an opportunity to really grind down Hezbollah. Let's take it, even if there are other serious consequences that will have to be managed.' "
But it does once again illustrate that when it comes to Bush's glorious ideas, no amount of burned and mutilated bodies is too large to see his bold strategies fail.