"This picture is of the IDF at the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem in 1967)
It starts by preparing the ground with air power, just as the Persian Gulf War began with a 40-day air campaign. But if all that happens is the air campaign, the result will be failure. Hezbollah will remain in place, Israel will remain under the gun, Lebanon will remain divided and unfree. And this war will start again at a time of Hezbollah and Iran’s choosing.
Just as in Kuwait in 1991, what must follow the air campaign is a land invasion to clear the ground and expel the occupier. Israel must retake south Lebanon and expel Hezbollah. It would then declare the obvious: that it has no claim to Lebanese territory and is prepared to withdraw and hand south Lebanon over to the Lebanese army (augmented perhaps by an international force), thus finally bringing about what the world has demanded — implementation of Resolution 1559 and restoration of south Lebanon to Lebanese sovereignty." Krauthammer
The doctor is an honest man who sees more from his wheelchair than the great majority of people.
The "Air Power" fanatics are in "full cry" once again claiming or hoping that fire delivered by air or artillery can deny ground to a determined foe.
This is nonsense and the willingness of the Israeli and American governments to believe that it is other than nonsense is indicative of the corrosive effect of "new thinking," as John Bolton calls it, on the mind. All of military history, both before and after the creation of the flying machine indicates that "fire" kills but does not determine the "ownership" of ground.
The "Air Power" crowd and the "Revolution in Military Thinking" crowds wish to believe that air weapons and gee-whiz techno-weapons rule the battlefield. Experience in places like Iraq, Vietnam, etc. never seems to change the mind set that desires to believe this.
This reminds me of the USAF colonel who approached me on this question at the US Army War College. He was assigned there as an instructor. He said that he thought I was one of the more "reasonable" Army officers at the college and that he wanted to ask me if it was true as he had discovered to his surprise that Army officers did not think that airplanes changed the whole nature of war. He said that he had learned that Army officers thought of "Air Power" as the equivalent of trucks and artillery. He was clearly shocked.
My answer did not comfort. Krauthammer is right. Men live on the ground, not in the clouds.