Presidents Are Notoriously Bad Commanders

The President plans to “tightly control” our air strikes on Syria.

Non-historians may forget that Lyndon Johnson did the same on bombing North Vietnam, rendering the approval process so arcane that little military value came from the campaign—and quite a bit of harm to our own forces as following the same “approved” flight plan night after night resulted in higher casualties, more POWs, etc.

“Some of you young men think that war is all glamour and glory, but let me tell you, boys, it is all Hell!” W. T. Sherman

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2 thoughts on “Presidents Are Notoriously Bad Commanders

  1. Them, too. Though Nixon and Bush let the generals fight their wars. Both Bushes got us into messes (Somalia and Iraq) without any idea how to get out. The elder Bush aborted the Gulf War when finishing it may have saved us a lot of trouble later.

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