Unless you’re Dwight Eisenhower, a civilian president is out of his depth as commander-in-chief. Obama never served in the military. When he refers to himself as the top banana of all the armed forces, there is a hollow ring to his self anointing. He is no more a general than I am.

So when the bemedaled top brass advises a president on matters of war and peace, it is difficult for him to think straight while bombarded by the authoritarian ways of the military. This vulnerability led Kennedy to the Bay of Pigs, and I suggest clouds Obama’s judgment on Afghanistan.

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