Friday, August 18, 2006

Another (Ex Post Fact) Anti-Olmert Person

From Nahum Barnea's op-ed (oh, so know they know what went wrong):-

The war has presented many unanswered questions pertaining to the IDF and the political echelons. However, there is one issue that enjoys overwhelming consensus: the appointment of Amir Peretz to the post of defense minister was a terrible idea.

The original sin, however, was Olmert's ambitions to keep the treasury in his own hands. He mistakenly thought that if Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson, his loyal colleague, were appointed, the treasury would be secure in his pocket. Because he didn't want to give Peretz the finance ministry, and didn't dare give him the foreign ministry, the defense ministry remained the only option.

The war messed everything up. Overnight Peretz became the speaker of the general staff headquarters. He didn't understand the language, didn't grasp the limitations of his newly gained power, made baseless threats to the enemy and enthusiastically supported every war plan proposed by the IDF.

Ehud Olmert should be held solely accountable for the political echelon's mishaps – including the mishap called Amir Peretz.

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