Still Missing the Point
D.B.P. Huguenot PhD CFA, Management Consultant, United States
Hi Luis, the central issue which you miss completely, is the American system of government. No military officer, ever and no matter how "grand," may countermand an order from the commander and chief - the President, who is a civilian. Drop your current sources and go to Jefferson and the founders, especially the federalist papers. These ideas are so important!
A year after the 9/11 attack, I listened in horror as the attorney general of the 5th
circuit (Washington DC) said the following at one of those expensive luncheons and speaking engagements: "... all those ideas of a Jeffersonian civil society are **quaint anachronisms**..."
In one phrase this man was dismissing all learning from the French and British, the entire basis of civil liberty.
Now imagine if he had followed with announcing the joint chiefs, not the president, would hereafter command executive authority. George McArthur whould have supported that.