why does a politician and the leader of a country who never served is also the head of the US armed forces and with so much power over it ?
i always found it odd, long before trump. why a person with absolutely no experience as a soldier or any real strategic knowledge except for video games has the ability to lead an army ?
being voted by the people into a political office is not the same as leading an army.
just to be clear, its a question, not a debate.
- .....Lv 44 weeks ago
Leaders organize. Those who have proven themselves in society to be able to organize and manage people well often become generals and colonels in armies because they are natural leaders to plan and organize well.
Armies are more about organizing and thoughtfulness than wielding a sword or brandishing a weapon.
However, President Trump also attended a military college in his youth.
- All hatLv 74 weeks ago
The idea is that a leader surrounds himself or herself with knowledgeable advisers, each expert in their various fields, including certainly, military generals.
- GEORGE BLv 71 month ago
That's why the President has Generals and Admirals as advisers.
Major, Squadron Commander, 42nd Bomb Wing, 2nd Air Force, Strategic Air Command (SAC), US Air Force, 1960-74
- armourorLv 51 month ago
all these never served for a variety of reasons should they all be abused who care how old Obama was during Vietnam he still never served
John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert C. Hoover,
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- J MLv 71 month ago
Smart leaders know when to rely on the expertise of others. You don't have to know everything, but you have to learn to judge the character of others and get expert advice when needed.
- 1 month ago
The Framers tried to create a system where the Commander-in-Chief would be somebody with enough common sense to delegate military matters to those who understood them—namely generals.
But with Trump that doesn't work. He thinks he knows more about war than our generals despite never having served. Trump even called former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "the most overrated general" in America for daring to question him.
- martyLv 71 month ago
he President is at the top of the military chain of command because the Founding Fathers wanted overall civilian command of the military. The President, more or less, decides when and where to use the military, not necessarily how to use the military. The President doesn't draw up the lines of battle.