Monday, June 27, 2011

The Weekly Standard thinks the generals command the president

Interesting wording from Daniel Halper:
The Los Angeles Times reports that President Obama defied his generals' advice on Afghanistan.
At the risk of being pedantic, here's the first dictionary definition of "defy": "to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly: to defy parental authority." Halper's phrasing certainly suggests that the generals are supposed to command the president, instead of the other way around. A minor detail, perhaps, but telling nonetheless.

1 comment:

deregulator said...

Yeah, that whole civilian command of the armed forces does tend to get in the way of some of the best-laid plans (and for good reason, I say).