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Do you think presidents should have military experience?

Aingean 2010/07/21 00:39:54
My personal opinion is Yes they should.
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  • Anderson 2011/02/20 00:10:37
    Anderson
    +1
    Yes they Should, How are you expected to lead an organiztion(USMC, USN, USA, USAF, USCG) if you dont know what it is like to serve. Obama is making life in the military hard, he is giving us less pay raises, removing PCS travels, discontinuing programs that help sailors, marines, and soldiers alike. All the money he takes from the DOD goes to help countries who turn against us and attack us! people have seen the news recently and have earned how much money is going to other countries as aid, and we inturn suffer for this. The president is also the commander in chief, which means he can make war winning or loosing decisions, and with no experience himself how does he now that his decision wont affect just the generals, and the publics opinion, but also the junior enlisted the ones who do all the work. people dont understand. and never will unless they have served.
  • Aingean Anderson 2011/02/20 15:24:42
    Aingean
    I also think the families of those who served also see the price that is being paid.
  • Superman 2010/08/02 16:00:15
    Superman
    Sure. Any and all experience a leader can have would be great. Would it be better if Presidents have a success in private business? Yes. Would it be better if Presidents had wives and children? Yes. Would it be better if Presidents had at least some time in Congress for familiarity with beltway politics making it easier for them to work to achieve goals? Yeah.

    Should any of this be required? No.
  • Bud 2010/07/25 17:46:36
    Bud
    +2
    Most definitely, YES. As such leaders not only need to look after and provide for the people of this country, such too, need to care for and provide for the ones who are looking after and protecting this country as well, and with the experience they get, serving for the country. Such will know too, what their necessary needs and benefits are and what should be allowed. Such too, with more common sense they achieved, they can make better decisions on how to handle such actions of defense when necessary.
    They are Commander in Chief, and will have some backbone to their leadership.
  • Irisheyes 2010/07/21 17:21:35 (edited)
    Irisheyes
    +1
    Yes, I think it's a good idea to know strategies. They are the Commander and Chief and should understand the sacrifice and general military understanding of war and military strategies. You can read all the books you want on military procedures and still not understand what it truly means to be in the line of fire and see your men die for their Country and to protect America's freedom. I look at the Democrats that created a made up military history and/or ran away to avoid the draft. President's or Presidential hopefuls only showed our enemies that they were cowards. They have no idea of what freedom and liberty are and it's not about a nice bumperstick slogan.
  • santa6642 2010/07/21 15:35:52 (edited)
    santa6642
    +2
    yes it would not hurt and not a lawyer
  • irish 2010/07/21 14:09:56
    irish
    +2
    we need a president who knows what the people he/she represents to the world want. and is not of course ,an elitist.
  • Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm... 2010/07/21 09:39:54
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
    +1
    Wouldn't hurt a thing.....
    we need a president with real experience!!
  • Adi 2010/07/21 07:53:00
    Adi
    +2
    That's a BIG YES!!!
  • Tiger99 2010/07/21 07:25:37
    Tiger99
    +1
    Not really, the biggest morons I have ever known served in the Military...
    Doesn't qualify you for jack...

    That being said, many people that I hold in high regard and respect have served...
  • Aingean Tiger99 2010/07/21 20:32:05
    Aingean
    That is true some people that serve arent the sharpest tools in the shed, but no one is good at everything. THey may have done well in whatever branch they went in and what they job entailed.
  • SawyerHindle 2010/07/21 05:40:05
    SawyerHindle
    +3
    yeah. so when the ninjas and pirates and aliens and zombies and werewolves and russians attack they can go all rambo and be like f u c k you this is america!
  • fred 2010/07/21 05:18:09
    fred
    +1
    Seems like all politicans should be required to have more time working in the private sector and for the private sector than they have in elected office. If their time if office exceeds their time in the private sector, they can't run for office until that is rectified... Lobbying shouldn't be considered a private sector job.
  • RhinoRT 2010/07/21 05:07:39
    RhinoRT
    +3
    Yes I would like to see a President / Presidential candidate with extensive military experience, but then ANY experience would would be a far cry better than what the current POS Commander in Chief has i.e., cub scout troop leader, hall monitor, school crossing guard, mall security etc.
  • ZILdeactivated 2010/07/21 03:49:58
    ZILdeactivated
    +2
    It's a definite bonus, but it shouldn't be mandatory. Of course, any president should be able to pass a test identifying the different branches, ranks, etc.
  • Peon of the Masses 2010/07/21 03:47:31
    Peon of the Masses
    +1
    In general, yes. In my specific case, no. But I'm not running for president.
  • Dagon 2010/07/21 03:39:56
  • Libertarian 2010/07/21 03:29:43
    Libertarian
    +2
    Yes,Yes, and Yes
  • kfallslady 2010/07/21 02:06:53
    kfallslady
    +4
    well you would think so... and if not have a very good military person by their side to be ohnest and imforming, no lies
  • RTHTGakaRoland 2010/07/21 01:47:40
    RTHTGakaRoland
    +2
    Yes, it is very nearly a prerequisite for earning my vote.
  • killernick~PWCM~JLA 2010/07/21 01:37:34
    killernick~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Being a vet .... that would make sense to me .....
  • Aingean killern... 2010/07/21 01:39:20
    Aingean
    +2
    My father is also retired military he agrees too.. Thank you for serving.
  • killern... Aingean 2010/07/21 01:41:16
    killernick~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    You're Welcome ... thank u
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2010/07/21 01:25:04
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    +4
    Yes: Yes: I do.
  • gary-da fuz 2010/07/21 01:18:58
    gary-da fuz
    +3
    You can,t teach a bag of rocks how to shoot a gun!!
  • Aingean gary-da... 2010/07/21 01:20:22
    Aingean
    +1
    :D that is very true, but you can try to teach it tactics and war strategy and other things that would be helpful to the commander and chief position.
  • zlgriff~PWCM~JLA 2010/07/21 01:15:43 (edited)
    zlgriff~PWCM~JLA
    +5
    Yes, they will be the commander in chief, they should have some first hand experience and know how the military works, even if it's just the army reserves, it would be a big plus
  • Billy 2010/07/21 01:14:23
    Billy
    +1
    It might help some, but I don't think it is necessary.
  • Lee The Hybrid Snowflake 2010/07/21 01:07:51
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    +7
    Yes, I think they should have some type of military experience.
  • Captain Kirk~POTL 2010/07/21 01:07:18
    Captain Kirk~POTL
    +9
    I think it`s a good idea,but not absolutely necessary!!
  • Alleyoop 2010/07/21 01:03:48
  • Aingean Alleyoop 2010/07/21 01:07:48
    Aingean
    +4
    Agreed
  • atomikmom 2010/07/21 01:02:29
    atomikmom
    +4
    YES!!!! Absolutely!!!!
  • Jester 2010/07/21 00:51:46 (edited)
    Jester
    +7
    While I would not require service to endorse a candidate, It would certainly not hurt either. Being commander in chief of the most powerful military force in the world is a massive responsibility and if the candidate has ZERO military experience, they are left with the joint chiefs making the president their bitch.

    Obama has about as much business making military decisions as I do being a nuclear physicist.
  • ZILdeac... Jester 2010/07/21 03:51:04
    ZILdeactivated
    +2
    Excellent comment!
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2010/07/21 00:49:19
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    +3
    Presidents without military experience. I don't think the need to. If that were true, then the ones who send young Americans to die, the Congress, should be required to have military experience. Sadly many are chickenhawks.
    * John Adams
    * Thomas Jefferson
    * John Quincy Adams
    * Martin Van Buren
    * Grover Cleveland
    * William Taft
    * Woodrow Wilson
    * Warren Harding
    * Calvin Coolidge
    * Herbert Hoover
    * Franklin Roosevelt
    * Bill Clinton
  • Aingean ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2010/07/21 00:55:20
    Aingean
    +4
    Why i asked is most people with military experience wouldn't twiddle their thumbs when something need to be done, they under stand it better. ( not trying to fight if u like obama, just an observation)
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ Aingean 2010/07/21 01:00:06
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    I always thought it was amazing that repuglicans in Congress who never went to war or even into military service, have no problem sending young Americans to death.
  • Aingean ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2010/07/21 01:06:39
    Aingean
    +3
    My honest response to that is, everyone who signs up for the military knows the risk of deployment..It isnt something I like seeing, Its not something I like to experience or want anyone want to experience but they wanted to protect this country, they have to follow their orders, even if they people giving them are a few fries short of a happy meal.
  • Chris ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2010/07/21 02:31:58
    Chris
    +3
    Not just the Republicans,you forgot the Democrats in Congress to.

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