Friday, February 23, 2007

Blind to Reality

You want to know why Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz is short sighted in his capabilities?

What, besides his complete lack of preparedness for the job of Defense Minister, might explain this?

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Peretz joined the new army chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, watching Wednesday's large-scale maneuvers. The pictures show the two side by side with military binoculars held up to their eyes — but Peretz's still have the lens caps in place. The photographer said Peretz raised the capped binoculars three times, nodding as Ashkenazi explained what he was "seeing."


Pathetic.

We've all done this kind of thing, but normally after realizing we are not getting any view, we figure out there is a problem. If he can't figure it out himself, was he too embarrassed to ask an aide why the binoculars weren't working for him? Or to tell someone he was given "a defective pair"?

Add whatever nuance you like to that final phrase.

UPDATE: Someone kindly added the video version to youtube.



Captain Ed takes on the rest of the world, insisting that these are glare protectors. Perhaps, but then as we see in the youbute video, someone forgot to explain this millitary innovation to the Ma'ariv editors. And given the military culture in Israel, and the backgrounds of the photographers likely to be following the Defense Minister, someone should have known this.

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