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April 09, 2009

For the Israelis, the war lasted for 34 days. We tend to forget that for Hezbollah, it is infinite.

Counter-insurgency and conventional warfare camps fight it out for the future of the United States military. Their battleground is the contested legacy of Israel's 2006 ground war with Hezbollah - and the world press - in southern Lebanon.

"The Lebanon war has become a bellwether," said Stephen Biddle, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who has advised Gen. David H. Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command. "If you are opposed to transforming the military to fight low-intensity wars, it is your bloody sheet. It's discussed in almost coded communication to indicate which side of the argument you are on."

U.S. military experts were stunned by the destruction that Hezbollah forces, using sophisticated antitank guided missiles, were able to wreak on Israeli armor columns. Unlike the guerrilla forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, who employed mostly hit-and-run tactics, the Hezbollah fighters held their ground against Israeli forces in battles that stretched as long as 12 hours. They were able to eavesdrop on Israeli communications and even struck an Israeli ship with a cruise missile.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 9, 2009 06:53 AM