Dear Mark, Military success indeed seems not to train one for the field of politics. But there are people who are naturally talented in this and some that need to learn. Rabin asked to serve as Israeli ambassador to the US after completing his military service very successfully (with the 1967 victory).Apparently, the 5 years he spent in this post were not sufficient training. He must have lacked the natural talent. The 3 years of his first premiership (1974-77) were not successful. But the years he spent in politics between then and his next term as PM (1992) did prepare him better for the job. By contrast, Ariel Sharon is a natural politician while Ehud Barak is worse than Rabin in the human relations sphere (and had less time to learn it). The bottom line is that, as in other fields, people must have some combination of abilities that would lead to success. Rabin might have finally had that combination. Sharon seems to have it too. It is interesting that in sheer brilliance, Barak is superior to the two of them, but is the biggest failure politically.
U.S. defense chief tells Congress: Military options remain against Iran (DPA)
from the article: The Rabin state