Israel’s Activist Military

Nov 3 2011 @ 5:24pm

Beinart applauds what he reads as the Israeli military's attempt to push back against Netanyahu's desire for war with Iran:

The military and intelligence agencies in the United States certainly leak to the press, and use bureaucratic tactics to box in their civilian overlords. At the end of the day, however, soldiers and intelligence analysts are trained to give their professional advice and then get out of the way. In Israel, the lines are more blurred, and bureaucrats are more freewheeling in speaking to the press. This has its disadvantages, but in a case like this, it gives the antiwar generals and spies greater leverage to fight back.

Exum angrily counters:

[E]ndorsing a system of government in which military officers pick and choose which policy preferences of their elected leaders to carry out is not a prescription for better policy-making. That's a prescription for turning yourself into Pakistan.