The CNN Commander-In-Chief Debate

Elliot Schroeder Elliot Schroeder 3 Comments


Last night, we saw CNN’s Big 11 in the GOP race face off for a boost in the polls. At times trying to show off their National Security and Foreign Policy credentials. For the record, here’s the picture of the GOP candidates who have military service:

Yeah, none. The political party that is about patriotism, strong defense, and often a hawkish foreign policy does not have one leading candidate with military service. Something to think about my fellow Republicans.

Elliot Schroeder is a past Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego. He is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve. His posts are his own and do not reflect the opinions of either institution.


Comments 3

  1. As a 20 year Navy SEAL, and past Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus, I do not believe a President needs to have served in the U.S. Military. Does a career Supply Officer or Motor Pool Officer have what it takes to be President? Lindsey Graham was a desk jockey in the Military, and I don’t think that qualifies him to be President. I don’t think Lindsey Graham has the logical reasoning or leadership ability to President. It is more important to surround yourself with enough trusted expertise and apply logical reasoning and risk assessment skills then to have served in the military. Ronald Reagan certainly did not have a leadership role when he served in the military, but had the sense to surround himself with some of the most talented Cabinet Officers I have seen. Obama, who could not lead himself out of a paper bag, has resulted in the state of World Affairs today. All of those taking part on the Varsity debate stage possess the logical reasoning and leadership abilities to conduct the Military Affairs of the United States. Jim Webb was the Secretary of the Navy while I served in the Navy, and did a fine job at that; however, it is his Senate record that takes me to Defcon Ten! I would never vote for Jim Webb for President of the United States.

  2. If you discount the time he spent with the Illinois militia during the Black Hawk War (during which time he said the worst thing he and his fellow militiamen had to fight were the mosquitoes) Abraham Lincoln, arguably our greatest president, had no military experience.

    Neither, I believe, did any of the Founders, save George Washington. Didn’t seem to detract too much from their political know-how.

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