Published: Sunday, Sept. 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Is spinning anything you can think of to criticize the opposing journalism?
The idea of commander in chief is rooted, I think, in English history, where the
king actually led his troops into battle. George the second was the last king
to actually do this; likewise the commanders-in-chief of our own nation did not
have to actually be "on the battlefield" with their soldiers. George
Washington, notably, had been the de facto commander in chief in the
Revolutionary War revioius to his becoming President, and commanded widespread
respect for that fact, among others.I don't know that it is
wise for presidents to actually be at the forefront of battle but I sometimes
wish that each president and the whole Congress should actually take up arms and
fight the wars that they initiate. I think that might lead to a very different
If our nation would enforce the constitutional requirement that we don't go
to war without Congress permission and add to that any president who lies about
the necessity to go to war is subject to prison or even execution .. we
won't find ourself constantly getting into costly needless stupid Wars.Vietnam would have been avoided, Iraq would have been avoided. and in
all likelihood staying in Afghanistan longer than we did in Vietnam would have
been avoided. Enough President Obama, we need another war like we need a hole in
Republicans were all Doves last week, now they aren't so sure what to do.
But criticize they will.
Democrats were all Doves last week, now they aren't so sure what to do. But
cover Obama's rear they will. (just ask Chris Matthews)
DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.— About comments