Are they good at their job?Posted: January 15, 2012
The torrent of talk about Egypt’s “Supreme Council of Armed Forces” seems to be missing a strand. The question is simple : are these generals good at war-making?
They seem to be into everything else. Business, journalism and politics, of course. But are they good as military leaders? We have no way of knowing, since they seem to have abandoned that vocation as too difficult since 1973. Egypt’s location in the world makes a bit vulnerable, yet it is cursed with an army that is unable to defend it properly. Egyptians are good at denial. But they must know that in an all out war against Israel, the army would lose badly. In fact, a small regional conflict with the Sudan or Ethiopia over the Nile resources would tax it heavily.
Yes, they are liars. But most damning, they are bad at their job.