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  •  Sen. Mike Gravel (1+ / 0-)
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    Sen. Mike Gravel said Truman stood up to his generals, but Bill Clinton backed down when confronted by Colin Powel. BTW, why did Bill Clinton keep Bush Sr's guy (Colin Powel) in charge, anyway?

    When Harry Truman confronted intense congressional opposition to racial integration of the Armed forces in 1948, checks and balances didn't inhibit him. He asserted his constitutional power as commander-in-chief and integrated the military with an executive order. A day after Truman issued his order, Gen. Omar N. Bradley, the Army Chief of Staff, declared: "The Army will not put men of different races in the same companies." Truman did not reverse himself and knuckle under to military brass like Bill Clinton. He gave Bradley and the rest of the military officers a simple choice: obey orders and bow down to civilian authority or resign. A president should never back down to his generals the way Bill Clinton did with Colin Powel in 1993.

    "Victory means exit strategy and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." --GW Bush, Houston Chronicle on April 9, 1999

    by William Domingo on Sun Jun 10, 2007 at 08:21:55 PM PDT

    •  Clinton kept Powell (2+ / 0-)
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      Aexia, William Domingo

      Because, as I recall, it's customary to keep the same chairmen of the joint chiefs through administrations until their term expires and they retire. It's supposed to be a non-political position, remember?

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