POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Clinton started this ridiculous subject about my commander-in-chief gene is bigger than yours.
Somewhere I thought I read that under the American Constitution civilian government is in charge of the military.
Perhaps I am mistaken?
Clinton uses the term “commander-in-chief" the way much of the American popular press does, as though the title made the holder a kind of super-general.
That's a complete misinterpretation, and a dangerous one.
Its pervasiveness is responsible for all the military disasters of the last fifty years. Bomb here. Invade there. Overthrow somewhere else. Most of it pointless destruction, achieving little or nothing.
Many Americans seem to have come to believe they actually are voting for a super-general rather than a responsible civilian leader who controls that Frankenstein monster called The Pentagon.
No wonder the great WWII journalist William Shirer – who worked for a while at the Tribune - wrote that it was quite possible America would one day go fascist.