The poor showing of IDF and the smell of crab

But there are even strong murmurings within Kadima that neither Mr. Olmert nor Mr. Peretz was experienced enough in security matters to ask the military leaders tough questions about war plans, especially given a chief of staff who is, for the first time in Israel’s history, from the air force, and a chief of military intelligence also from the air force.

After the war, Mr. Olmert and his defense minister, Amir Peretz, will face hard questioning, particularly from the center-right, about why there was such an early and naïve dependence on air power and why the ground war began so tentatively, especially in the face of so many rocket attacks on northern cities

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As The Economist pointed out earlier this year IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz is actually of Iranian descent ....:)

Source: Economist 19 Jan 2006

IRAN'S president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, says Israel is an alien implantation whose people should return to Europe or perhaps settle in Alaska. So it is an irony that Israel's president, Moshe Katzav, is in fact a Farsi-speaker born in Iran. Ditto Israel's defence minister, Shaul Mofaz, who is doubtless preoccupied nowadays with how to destroy Iran's nuclear programme. He is advised by Dan Halutz, Israel's former air-force commander and now chief of staff. Lieut-General Halutz was born in Israel, both his parents in Iran. They seem to have taught him a sense of humour. Asked how far Israel would go to stop Iran's nuclear programme, he replied: “two thousand kilometres”.

Aged 56, General Halutz was a fighter pilot who shot down a number of enemy aircraft during his career. He is known as a brilliant and outspoken commander. His appointment is probably due not only to his outstanding leadership qualities but also recognition of the Israel Air force and its increased status in the IDF. Not even the vaunted Ezer Weizman, another fighter pilot who became Air Force commander and deputy Chief of Staff never made it to the top job, which until now always went to a general from the ground or paratroop forces.
Today the IAF, considered second to none, is also one of the biggest in the world. Halutz, known to be a favorite of Prime Minister Sharon, got himself into hot water when he said he ‘slept well at nights', after an Israeli air strike killed not only a top terrorist leader who had been sending suicide bombers, but also his wife and several children.
In response to a petition to the Israeli Supreme Court, General Halutz declared that he and his fellow pilots took care to prevent civilian casualties in the war against terrorism.
Darth_Doctrinus said:
Well, Messrs Olmert and Peretz wouldn't be the first to hold decidedly Jominian views.

Kosovo, anyone...? :D
Funny you say that ... I gain the distinct impression that Hizb'Allah have read carefully and acted on the lessons learnt by the Serbs - that is, when you hold the the ground you can hide quite successfully from modern air power. As soon as it became clear that they would be forced to unmask by the actions of the KLA the Serbs packed off home sharpish mostly unharmed.

Unfortunately the prevailing Western air force groupthink is that air power succeeded - it didn't. It was an unbelievably potent force multiplier for the KLA though.

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