It is readily apparent that the IDF is not what it once was, but it is still by world standards a first class armed forces, perhaps the best. There seems to be a decline at the top. The quality of generalship seems far lower that in once was. I think Mr. Marcus is failing to comprehend the changes in infantry weapons and capabilities over the last few decades. Current RPGs can easily penetrate even reactive armor. MANPADs give every soldier the ability to down a helicopter or airplane. There is nothing that Hizbollah would like more than a rash attack which would allow it to impose massive casualties on the IDF. Levering the enemy out of position by careful tactics may not seem as sexy as John Wayne charging ashore in the Sands of Iwo Jima. But it is a lot more professional than movie war.
Merkel says would welcome constructive Iranian role in any Syria talk (Reuters)
from the article: Firepower versus brainpower