Where The Buck Still Stops
A rare phenomenon occurred on
Retiring Secretary of Defense
Seldom has there been a more open confirmation of the old
It's nothing new that the man in the Oval Office has the final say in such matters. But it's customary for closest aides and lieutenants of the president to keep their opposition to themselves and go along. Panetta later told the
Other less accommodating presidents --
The caution also reflects the president's general disinclination to be drawn into another war or even any police action abroad as he strives to extricate American forces from
Those hearings have also raised public questions about the morality of the growing drone operation and allegations of indiscriminate killing of civilians, including the possible targeting of American citizens alleged to be engaged in al-Qaida plots. In 2011 such a drone attack killed
Ever since the decision of former President
In initially resisting participation in the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in
At the same time, the American public has become more skeptical about official rationalizations for American involvements abroad, whatever the justifications, in the wake of the unforgotten U.S. invasion of
With the American response to remaining al-Qaida threats more focused now, public opinion at home has become more discriminating in terms of the cost in American lives and treasure expended to maintain U.S. leadership and responsibilities in a world of endless armed turmoil.
So it is reassuring that Truman's assertion that "the buck stops here" also remains as the place where a duly elected president decides how American military might is employed, and at what price to the American people no matter how much pressure is applied by those advising him.
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