Thursday, May 10, 2007

No One Person Has Absolute Control Over the Military in Iraq

The Cafferty File, part of The Situation Room on CNN, poses a question every hour The Situation Room is on. This is today's 4:00 question, and Thoughts on the World's response.
Who should ultimately decide how long U.S. troops stay in Iraq?

The president, only with the support of Congress, should decide how long U.S. troops stay in Iraq. The Founding Fathers made a great decision when they put the military under civilian control; it’s prevented coups and military-political confusion. It should stay that way. Congress has power over the military, but so does the president. Action needs to be approved by both. There is no single person who should ‘ultimately decide’ how long the U.S. stays in Iraq; the system of checks and balances prevents that.