Look, Barak is 1000x better than his predecessor, the egotistical knucklehead, Peretz, who claimed he did not know that Hezbollah had missiles. However, the idea that Barak is somehow a military/strategic genius is dangerously wrong. Do we really need to recount his miserable tenure as PM ? Also, the idea that Israel should have just responded to Hezbollah's cross-border raid and attack with artillery (which is what Barak told Haaretz several months ago) is exactly the feeble, meaningless reponse that Nasrallah anticipated. Turning to another point, it is good that Barak is obsessed with restoring Israel's deterrent - he let it slip away with the midnight withdrawal from Lebanon. Lastly, however, if Barak (or anybody else) believes the deterrent has been restored, he is NUTS.
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