In theory (your theory) we should have elected John McCain, not Obama in 2008. He's a good man with some "boots" experience. He no doubt would have acted more decisively in the Syria kerfuffle.
The CIC position is one of authority, not experience. So, I suspect that most candidates are going to be reliant on guidance from career experts who in turn are influenced by analysts who are influenced by researchers who in turn are influenced by covert spies who are influenced by informants who are....
I think you are so partisan-weighted that you didn't read my post for what it was, not a defense or attack, but an explanation.
To show you that I am consistent...based again on your theory....we should have elected Romney who has far more history with business management than Obama at a time when we are floundering economically.
In other words, you are an advocate of Meritocracy. I am also. But we are a Democracy so it's all about show business, not abilities or experience. Whomever is slickest and makes more credible promises is who we elect.
Now, speaking of experience, Obama is a community organizer. Fat lot of good thats done for us. He can't even get along with his own people, let alone motivate a nation. So even what he's "qualified" for, has been of little value. So, even had he been a General, it doesn't mean he'd get it right.
Try to stand back from your partisanship and look at what I'm actually saying. Then, if you like, we can discuss this in greater depth.