Barak performed rather poorly in the political front, but I wouldn't challenge his patriotism or military record. I seem to remember him serving as the head of sayeret MATKAL and as the IDF chief of staff. So perhaps he is ill-fit to hold the premiership, but what's wrong with putting him in the office of Defense Minister?
Northern California wildfire doubles in size, displaces thousands (Reuters)
from the article: Not Peretz alone