McCain’s Slight Misunderstanding of the Chain of Command

I want everyone who thinks that McCain would be the best Commander in Chief to start listening very carefully to the things that come out of his mouth. For instance, when asked if he would divert troops from Iraq to Afghanistan to intensify the search for Osama bin Laden, McCain’s answer was, “I would not do that unless Gen. [David] Petraeus said that he felt that the situation called for that.”

Yeah… Wrong answer.

As the radical left-wing anti-American rag Army Times explains, that’s not really Petraeus’ call to make. As the general explained during testimony last week when he was asked a similar question, “the decision about whether troops could be shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan was not his responsibility because his portfolio is limited to the multi-national force in Iraq.”

Indeed, as many on the left have noted, his repeated testimony before congress has been something of an exercise outside of his paygrade and role as a member of the military. He’s essentially being asked to do a politician’s job. As I’ve said on multiple occasions, partly in defense of Petraeus, it is unrealistic for anyone to expect the man to actually say we shouldn’t keep going in Iraq, that’s not his job. His job is to execute the orders of the Commander in Chief, not necessarily to evaluate them.

For as long as those orders are active, he’s going to do his job to carry them out.

But Bush sought fit to elevate him to cabinet or politician status by making him the leading spokesperson and talking head for the Iraq war effort, seemingly absolving the Commander in Chief of his primary responsibility; actually making decisions.

McCain seems to want to take this a step further. As opposed to keeping Petraeus limited to his own venue of operation, he seems willing to cede even greater authority to the General, allowing him to decide which country to put how many forces in. Problem is, that’s definitely a decision that’s over Petraeus’ head.

Seriously? This is the guy that we’re supposed to feel comfortable with running the military? I’m failing to see it.

(edited by DrGail)

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