GIPPER, BUBBA, AND DUBYA

In a lighter moment just now on Fox News Channel, Britt Hume and Jim Engel were discussing some advice Ronald Reagan gave to Bill Clinton: “Learn to salute and use Camp David.” Clinton never learned to salute and only belatedly learned to take time off for recreation. (And, of course, we all know how he used it.) This president is much more like Reagan: he has a much more obvious respect for the military and understands that decision makers need a lot of down time to recharge. Another way he is much more like Reagan than Clinton, also discussed on FNC, is that Bush has delegated the day-to-day tactical decision-making for this war over to his generals. Like the Gipper, he understands that the key to executive leadership is to select capable people you can trust and then get out of their way.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.