Whatever Happened To Civilian Control?

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 15 2011 @ 10:29am

Jacob Stokes fisks the emerging GOP line of attack claiming that Obama "didn't listen to his generals" on Afghanistan. His takeaway:

In short, while the military might have been hesitant about Obama’s plan, [generals believe] it’s neither reckless nor strategically misguided. Even if the military held that view though, there are three reasons why, ultimately, the president has to have final say on decisions like this.

And if you wondered if Rick Perry would go there, wonder no longer:

"One of the reasons that I’m running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States," he said.

Putting the respect of troops for the commander-in-chief in question is yet another radical assault on existing traditions and institutions. There is nothing these people won't destroy for power.