Somebody Watched Too Many Episodes of ‘The West Wing’?
In part, many will recoil at what seems to be a crass political ploy to leak information that portrays the president as a hands-on, effective commander-in-chief. Indeed, the Oval Office seems to routinely target The New York Times for trumpeting alleged foreign policy accomplishments. There is, however, a deeper and more troubling concern. It all sounds a bit too much like LBJ picking targets for the Pentagon during the Vietnam War.
From a practical stand point, it is as big a mistake for a president to try to run the war out of the Oval Office as it was for fat generals to command their troops in the trenches from their Chateaus behind the lines.
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