Obama should follow FDR’s advice in dealing with generals, not Lincoln’s

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June 2, 2011
Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  
Posted in Commentary

"Obama needs to follow Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s example of not being bullied by his generals and avoid Abraham Lincoln’s bad example of being so intimidated by 'experts.' Neither FDR nor Lincoln had had much military experience, but FDR was much better at managing the military than Lincoln. Perhaps because he had served in the defense bureaucracy as a civilian assistant secretary of the Navy, FDR picked generals based on competence, generally let them do their jobs, but wasn’t scared to exert civilian control if that was required." (06/01/11)


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