Thursday, August 31, 2006

looks to be hot next week

A number of generals are meeting with the chief of staff, Dan Halutz, to suggest that he mismanaged the war and it is time to "hang up his uniform."
If he doesn't have the confidence of his top people, it becomes almost impossible for him to run his office effectively.

While the general inquiry hasn't even started yet, meaning that nobody has been officially blamed for the screw up, Dan Halutz can take the fall for everyone by claiming that he was a screwball and is leaving military life, most probably to go into politics.
Amir Peretz, a guy who I generally don't agree with, has been lashing out at his predecessors, most notably Shaul Mofaz, who was the chief of staff and then the defense minister from the retreat from Lebanon until this recent election. While one problem might be that Peretz has no real military experience, he was given a rotten apple to sit on. I would pretty much exonerate him, unless the inquiry comes back saying that he actually tried making military decisions instead of trusting the army to do that.

Olmert is busy sticking his middle finger out at the Israeli public and every time he is quoted in public it sounds like a big "screw you." I was happy to see Lindenstrauss told him where he could go with the investigation request that he requested via the media.

This weekend it looks like we will be going fruit picking in the Golan Heights. Since Olmert's condensation plan has fallen through he has been looking for other things to give away and the Golan is ripe for picking. Some of his senior advisors have been talking up peace with Syria recently. We figured we should get the fruit while it is still Israeli.

Have a great weekend.


Rafi G. said...

All almost very true. Halutz already ruined his political career. After selling his stocks he showed everybody what kind of selfless leader he is. Nobody will touch him..

Peretz was not given anything. While generally he is not at fault for all that led up to the war the past 6 years, he still should not have taken a position he was so unqualified for. he is guilty just for accpeting the Defense Ministry.

rockofgalilee said...

I wouldn't say that Halutz ruined his career. Look at the crud that Israeli politics is full of and I think he fits right in.

As for Peretz's qualifications, look at Donald Rumsfeld, the secretary of Defense (more then once). His military career included being an aviator and flight instructor for the US Navy.
I'm not a big fan of Peretz and he certainly wasn't picked for Defense Minister because that position suited him, but having a civilian controlling the military isn't always a bad idea. It depends on what type of active role he takes.

rockofgalilee said...

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