The problem of the military "harmony" starts with the civilian conductor - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    It is quite natural that high military officers will come up with similar thinking. They were all trained and brought up by the same military organization, and were promoted based on similar critiria which selected people with similar mindsets and abilities. The real problem is that the civilian echelon is often composed of retired military officers, having the same type of thinking as their younger military underlings. In Israel, it is natural for a retired general to look for a political career (and find it), and for a retired Chief Of Staff to expect to become Prime Minister. Look at the largest parties in Israel today. A former Chief of Staff is their top Security expert, in line to become defense Minister, and competing for the Prime Ministership. Likud has Yaalon, who already sees himself as the party leader after Yahoo, Kadima has Mofaz, who already competed with Livni for the top slot, and Labor has Barak, who already has the top slot. The exception is Lieberman's party, but they will fall in line in a few year, after the recent Russian immigrants produce their first army General.// The solution is for Israelis to internalize the idea that Generals are typically lacking in people skills, and tend to see the world through the barrel of their gun. Excessive openness to Generals has already destroyed the Labor party. It should be made hard for them to enter politics.

    from the article: The dangers of harmony
    First published 01:49 08.10.10 | Last updated 01:49 08.10.10
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