Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Today's Reading Assignment

Rick Moran at RightWing Nuthouse, on the scandals and problems currently ensnarling Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. His implication is clear: will an Israeli Prime Minister facing a likely criminal investigation--and saddled with marginal leadership at the top of the IDF--be able to pull the trigger on Iran?

Read Rick's column and decide for yourself. At a critical juncture in its history, Israel cannot afford strategic paralysis at the top of its government. At this point, I'd say that Olmert needs to replace his IDF Chief of Staff (Lt Gen Dan Halutz), and think about stepping down himself, if his personal scandals grow worse.

The odds of that actually happening? Slim to none. And therein lies the danger for Israel.

1 comment:

Irina Tsukerman said...

He should have stepped down a long time ago, and taken his poor excuse of a DM along with him. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there's a possibility of a strong coalition to replace him. Although Netanyahu has made some political gains recently, many people are still wary of him. Rebuilding Likud will take some time, and compromising with Olmert's coalition probably won't bring any significant change.