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October 26, 2004


Dave Schuler
John Kerry apparently thinks he is smarter than his generals, and will micromanage the war; George Bush will let his generals make the battlefield decisions.

Yes, those are the managerial styles of Democratic and Republican presidents, respectively: Carter and Clinton were both notorious for micro-management; Eisenhower, Reagan, and Bush 43 for giving their staffs substantial latitude. And, for reasons that aren't clear to me, each of their respective partisans seem to believe that these opposing styles are strengths of their respective candidates.


Kerry won't just make all the battlefield decisions - he'll also write up all the after-action reports!

Remy Logan

Lyndon Johnson micromanaged the Vietnam War and lost it.

Jimmy Carter (our highest IQ president?) micromanaged the Iran hostage rescue and the hostages remained in captivity until the day Reagan became president.

When a Libyan fighter was shooting at our fighters, Ronald Reagan (our first stupid cowboy president) was woken up in the middle of the night and told of the situation. He said to shoot down the Libyan jets, and then went back to sleep. We didn't have problems with the Libyans for a long time after that.

John Kerry (self-proclaimed genius) would have gone after OBL and killed him, and created a Muslim martyr who would have never died.

History has not treated our "smart" presidents very kindly.


If I'm reading Tommy Franks' "American Soldier" correctly. Myers did not and does not have the authority to overrule the CinC of Central Command. Franks makes it clear in several points in the book that he reported directly to Rumsfeld.

Now, what it is exactly that the four-star service chiefs and the chairman of the JCS do, I'm not really sure, but, apparently, a 1986 military reorganization removed them from the direct chain of operational command.

Lurking Observer


Let's not forget that Bush 41 pretty much didn't micromanage the first Gulf War, until after Kuwait was liberated. At which point, he decided that it was time to end the war (with the advice of Powell, Scowcroft, Cheney, etc.).

So, he did fine until he started managing closely.


Actually, I believe it was the opposite. I think the chairman of the JCS is now also the President's advisor on military affairs, which was not the case previously.

Of course, at that stratospheric level, it's as much discussion as it is formal order issuing.

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