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Presidents Military Service

School for the Commander in Chief

Gary Hart | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

It is one thing for senior members of Congress to say, about complex defense questions, "I trust the experts." It is quite another thing for presidents to do so. It is impossible to be a competent commander in chief, as required by the Constitution, without preparing for that role.

Presidents at War

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

When President Obama gave Mitt Romney a schoolboy lecture on post-World War I weaponry in the last debate, his attack underscored the fact that neither candidate is an expert in the real-life game of battleships or, for that matter, a veteran of any branch of military service.