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Late Night: “Why Does Mr. 0 Listen to Little Davey P?”

After all the times that Little Davey P has failed and then said that he was doing good work, it’s really hard to understand why Mr. 0 is still listening to him. This time, Mr 0 is going to let Little Davey P make a decision that the Constitution tells us is Mr. 0’s decision, not the decision of someone in the military:

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has laid out several options for President Barack Obama to reduce the number of troops there, the White House said on Thursday, signaling a plan would be announced soon.

General David Petraeus presented recommendations to Obama and the president’s national security advisers in a meeting on Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

It’s very interesting that this version of the story from Reuters says that Little Davey P gave Mr. 0 several options, because an earlier version of the story really made it sound like Little Davey P would make the decision and Mr. 0 would go along with it:

The scale and speed of that pullback has not yet been announced, and is expected to follow recommendations from Petraeus, the commander of the 150,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, to Obama.

But this isn’t Little Davey P’s decision to make. The Constitution says:

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States

When smart people who study history talk about this part of the Constitution, they say it is a very important idea, called civilian control of the military. That means that the Constitution says Little Davey P shouldn’t be the one to make the decision, Mr. 0 should be. I wonder if the first version of the story is right, and Mr. 0 is just going to do what Little Davey P says, but the people at Reuters had to change their story so it wouldn’t be so obvious that Mr. 0 isn’t doing his job.

PS. Mommy, look! I just found where Admiral Fallon called Little Davey P an ass-kissing little chickenshit. Are you going to take your soap and find Admiral Fallon to wash his mouth out like you did mine?

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