posted on Jul, 7 2003 @ 04:49 PM
The Presidency of the USA is not a purely military office... in fact, it is the very definition of 'civilian control over the military'.
Not all great presidents have been soldiers, not all soldiers are good, and not all politicians are evil. To be frank, those who often express
distaste for politicians yet reverance for soldiers are the types who really, secretly, dislike the discourse that must go on inorder for democracy to
Lincoln served in the Illinois state militia for like 3 months and never saw combat..
Jackson was a militia commander, not a regular soldier, and was actually a lawyer when not touring in the militia.
FDR and Woodrow Wilson never served in the military, and Washington spent most of his life as either a surveyor or planter. His ranks, in both the
militia and continental army, were won because he was the politically sound choice for those jobs.
Granted, Eisenhower was a good president, but he also KNEW that, as president, that he was a civilian. His farewell speech, in fact, warned of the
I fear the day when a career military man, who has disgust for civilians, presumes to take over the duties of the president.