The merit of the Bush administration's trademark penchant for Israel-right-or-wrong is arguable, both in terms of U.S. interests and Israel's interests. This report raises a somewhat different question, and that is why did Bolton and his supervisors not understand that by prolonging the war last summer they succeeded in transforming Israel from victim to bully, and almost guaranteed Hezbollah a strong claim of victory? This vector was very clear last July, except perhaps for officials guided less by knowledge than conviction.
BBC NEWS | Middle East | Bolton admits Lebanon truce block: "Mr Bolton now describes it as 'perfectly legitimate... and good politics' for the Israelis to seek to defeat their enemy militarily, especially as Hezbollah had attacked Israel first and it was acting 'in its own self-defence'.
Mr Bolton, a controversial and blunt-speaking figure, said he was 'damned proud of what we did' to prevent an early ceasefire."