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commonsense July 12th, 2013 4:08pm

Should the President of the United States be required to have some form of military experience?

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elianastar FreeSpeech
07/12/13 5:27 pm

"Commander in Chief," should, ideally, have some kind of functioning knowledge of how the military operates, IMO. But a mandate unlikely.

rebelfury76 No Justice, No Peace
07/12/13 11:52 am

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.

No thanks.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/12/13 12:04 pm

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.

commonsense America isnt racist
07/12/13 12:31 pm

Nixon commander
Ford lieutenant commander
Carter lieutenant
Reagan captain
Bush sr lieutenant
Clinton None
Bush jr first lieutenant
Obama none

commonsense America isnt racist
07/12/13 12:31 pm

I'm trying to think of presidents that have had military training vs those that didn't.
From Kennedy-----> today.
Kennedy lieutenant
Johnson commander

Minyanko Tumblr
07/12/13 11:06 am

A general idea, but otherwise no. Might make them more competent And realistic though. . .

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
07/12/13 10:17 am

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.

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
07/12/13 10:30 am

EB always says it best except when she doesn't. Hey, that seems manifestly true doesn't it?


EarlyBird Portland
07/12/13 10:54 am

okie, okie, okie...

XercesBlue ...
07/12/13 10:12 am

That's a whole different culture.. It would be interesting to see how bringing ranks into it would change things, if they did.

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
07/12/13 9:58 am

Sure, who wouldn't want a president who put time in with the Texas air national guard

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
07/12/13 11:02 am

The current civilian doesn't understand the military well enough to command it. Hence, Benghazi.

rory82 Virginia
07/12/13 9:31 am

I use to think yea! That could lead us to a military state!

skinner Wisconsin
07/12/13 9:57 am

Why would we want to be a military state??

rory82 Virginia
07/12/13 10:38 am

I'm saying it would be a bad thing!

EarlyBird Portland
07/12/13 9:21 am

Although it's a big plus if they do, I don't think military experience should be required.

commonsense America isnt racist
07/12/13 9:57 am

You don't think the person who commands supreme authority over our nation's military forces should have a little military experience?

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
07/12/13 10:15 am

Ditto with EB and SW.

EarlyBird Portland
07/12/13 10:20 am

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.

commonsense America isnt racist
07/12/13 10:23 am

@early, good point. I didn't think about that.

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
07/12/13 10:25 am

Hummmm. Disqualifying women. I change my vote.

Ha ha. :-)

EarlyBird Portland
07/12/13 10:29 am

Thank you for making me feel smart today, common :-)

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
07/12/13 10:37 am

You're smart every day Early.

EarlyBird Portland
07/12/13 10:53 am


skinner Wisconsin
07/12/13 9:14 am

That's crazy of course not

skinner Wisconsin
07/12/13 9:56 am

No I'm being incredibly serious.

skinner Wisconsin
07/12/13 10:44 am

Because we are a democracy not an autocracy.