Recently, a number of bloggers and pundits have brought into question certain decisions and actions of our senior military leaders. Bloggers are by now famous for basing their opinions on something other than a complete understanding of how the military works, which is further complicated because some commenters offer their views without knowing all the facts.
For example, while it is true that the President is the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces, the President does not become involved in every situation that challenges our joint/unified commanders. A drone attack against suspected Taliban targets would not have warranted presidential involvement, but it may take the president’s authorization to bomb targets in Syria. There are different protocols for a wide range of situations.
Additionally, political biases too often drive a pundit’s opinions. It is a situation begging for intellectual dishonesty, and it does nothing to enhance the average citizen’s understanding of events…
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