Monday, February 26, 2007

Should Political Leaders have Military Experience?

The answer is clearly "yes" in countries like Pakistan, Venezuela, and Libya. In other countries, like The United States, the military reports to a civilian government; the generals follow policies that are legislated in Congress and executed by The President.

Some people ask: Shouldn't the children of The President serve in the military? The answer to that is "no", as The President's job is to put his nation first -- and not his parental obligations. That is, with his children in the army, there would be a conflict of interest that might be decided in favor of his children at the expense of the nation.

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