The President has been all over TV and radio this week, castigating congressional Democrats for putting their views ahead of the generals'. Can he really believe that? I hope not.
One of the bedrock principles of our system is that the military is controlled by civilians. The generals (and admirals) don't make the final decision, political leaders do. So, when Bush suggests that the House and Senate should leave decisions about pulling out of Iraq to the generals, he is either deluded about the way our government works or, once again, he is twisting the truth. I hope it is the latter, because if the President really believes that whether to continue our involvement in Iraq is a military, rather than a political question, we are in even worse trouble than I thought.