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  • The President-Civilian Control

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  • The President, but the military should decide battlefield tactics.

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    Who Should Have Final Say On Military Matters?

    Our Constitution confers civilian control over our military by making the President Commander In Chief. Do you think this is a good idea?

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    Re: Who Should Have Final Say On Military Matters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Our Constitution confers civilian control over our military by making the President Commander In Chief. Do you think this is a good idea?
    While the President has control of the actions of our military the President doesn't control everything about the military. The President cannot go to a full out year upon year war with anyone without Congress's approval. The President also cannot fund the military, that is also done through Congress.

    Also while you are technically correct to say that the civilians control what the military does by electing the President they don't really because once that President is elected they don't need civilians approval to use the military.
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    Re: Who Should Have Final Say On Military Matters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post

    Also while you are technically correct to say that the civilians control what the military does by electing the President they don't really because once that President is elected they don't need civilians approval to use the military.
    Not following your argument?
    Last edited by Devil505; 09-28-09 at 11:20 AM.

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    Re: Who Should Have Final Say On Military Matters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Our Constitution confers civilian control over our military by making the President Commander In Chief. Do you think this is a good idea?
    Yes. The military is an arm of the government and must be controlled by the government and civilian authority.

    Also, with regards to a middle-ground option on your poll, civilian authority but allowing the military to determine tactics: though we are given to assume that the commanders know what is best "on the ground," this is simply not always the case.

    Any Civil War buff can tell you that had Lincoln listened and deferred to his generals on the ground, we'd have lost pretty quick. The first 4 or 5 commanders were inept and would have led us to diaster had they been given a free hand.

    This isn't to say that a general can't be right and the President can't be wrong, but it's something to consider.
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    Re: Who Should Have Final Say On Military Matters?

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    Re: Who Should Have Final Say On Military Matters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil505 View Post
    Not following your argument?
    Can you tell anyone in the military what to do?
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    Re: Who Should Have Final Say On Military Matters?

    President, should have full control over the military.


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    Re: Who Should Have Final Say On Military Matters?

    Both of these options are correct:

    The President-Civilian Control
    The President, but the military should decide battlefield tactics.
    Generally speaking, the military should decide tactics, but the president should still have the final say.
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    Re: Who Should Have Final Say On Military Matters?

    The theater commander should have the president's full support when making decisions about tactics and strategy. IOW, if the theater commander says he needs it, the president let's him have it.
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    Re: Who Should Have Final Say On Military Matters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Can you tell anyone in the military what to do?
    You have a say in electing the people who can.
    Last edited by FlanaganReport; 09-28-09 at 01:56 PM.

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