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    Who should "run" a war?

    This questions, in various forms, keeps coming up, either directly or indirectly, in many of the threads on this board.

    In a Democracy, (or a Republic if you wish), at what point does the Civil authority surrender its powers to direct a war into the hands of the Military?

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    seems to ne when a part of the civil govt. deems it nescessary.
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      Re: Running a War

      Originally posted by Churchill
      Who should "run" a war?

      This questions, in various forms, keeps coming up, either directly or indirectly, in many of the threads on this board.

      In a Democracy, (or a Republic if you wish), at what point does the Civil authority surrender its powers to direct a war into the hands of the Military?
      The military should run the operational side. It is the job of the civilian govt. to decide who we fight.
      Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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        Re: Running a War

        Originally posted by Churchill
        Who should "run" a war?

        This questions, in various forms, keeps coming up, either directly or indirectly, in many of the threads on this board.

        In a Democracy, (or a Republic if you wish), at what point does the Civil authority surrender its powers to direct a war into the hands of the Military?
        As a military man, I say "never".
        It's my job to
        1. Deter war, and if that fails,
        2. To fight and win in war.
        (Taken from the mission statement of the US Army.)
        Directing who and when we fight is a governmental (read: civilian) strategic decision. The general tone of the war is set by the Department of Defense in consultation with the NCA.
        Only at the operational (campaign) and tactical (battle) level does the military have the whole war in our hands, but even then, it is subject to governmental oversight.
        There's my 2 cents.
        JS
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