Should the President of the United States be required to have some form of military experience?
"Commander in Chief," should, ideally, have some kind of functioning knowledge of how the military operates, IMO. But a mandate unlikely.
No, because I know how most military folks think and most are flag worshipping, obey me, lets go to war, I don't like change, types.
I'm sure there would be some that understand the destruction of war and would be the first to condemn going to war for arbitrary reasons.
Ford lieutenant commander
Bush sr lieutenant
Bush jr first lieutenant
I'm trying to think of presidents that have had military training vs those that didn't.
From Kennedy-----> today.
A general idea, but otherwise no. Might make them more competent And realistic though. . .
EB said it best, it's nice if they do and fine if they don't. They're the president, they get some of the best military advisers in the world whether they have experience or not.
EB always says it best except when she doesn't. Hey, that seems manifestly true doesn't it?
okie, okie, okie...
That's a whole different culture.. It would be interesting to see how bringing ranks into it would change things, if they did.
Sure, who wouldn't want a president who put time in with the Texas air national guard
Yes, he should.
The current civilian doesn't understand the military well enough to command it. Hence, Benghazi.
I use to think yea! That could lead us to a military state!
Why would we want to be a military state??
I'm saying it would be a bad thing!
Although it's a big plus if they do, I don't think military experience should be required.
You don't think the person who commands supreme authority over our nation's military forces should have a little military experience?
Ditto with EB and SW.
Common - up until a year ago I would have said yes. Now I think that if the right person has the right people in place, he can be successful.
If we make that a requirement, it's going to disqualify women, which is something I'm not willing to do.
@early, good point. I didn't think about that.
Hummmm. Disqualifying women. I change my vote.
Ha ha. :-)
Thank you for making me feel smart today, common :-)
You're smart every day Early.
That's crazy of course not
No I'm being incredibly serious.
Because we are a democracy not an autocracy.