Civil-Military Relations Under Obama

According to a recent article in the New York Times, military leaders are frustrated with the Obama administration’s deliberations about sending more troops to Afghanistan (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/world/asia/20military.html?hpw). 

In a recent column, which can be found on the New York Times  blog At War: Notes from the Front Lines (http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/all-due-respect-generals-and-presidents/), Capt. Tim Hsia discusses civil-military relations in the US from a historical perspective and offers some valuable  insights.

Capt. Hsia refers to Eliot Cohen’ book Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime.  It focuses on civil-military relations under Lincoln, Clemenceau, Churchill and Ben-Gurion.  It is an interesting read and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.

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