07 January 2009 - Israel following the Powell Doctrine?
Elder of Zion has a very interesting post on General Colin Powell's doctrine for US military action:
The doctrine is summarized as follows:
1) Military action should be used only as a last resort and only if there is a clear risk to national security by the intended target;
2) The force, when used, should be overwhelming and disproportionate to the force used by the enemy;
3) There must be strong support for the campaign by the general public; and
4) There must be a clear exit strategy from the conflict in which the military is engaged.
Perhaps the Powell Doctrine didn't apply to Israel in 2001, as that was the very start of the mortar and rocket attacks towards Israeli towns in the Negev and massive force may not have yet been considered a "last resort."
But while we do not yet know Israel's exit strategy, the first three points are exactly in line with what Israel is doing today.