With all the upheaval with ISIL and Ukraine the latest right wing meme is that the President isn’t listening to his military advisers. They reinforce this with the recent criticism from Hillary, Gates, Panetta and most lately President Carter plus a handful of retired generals who are out of the loop and armchair generals (pundits) whose motivations are to raise ratings . You get the picture that while in a meeting with his military advisers has his hands over his ears, screaming “I can’t hear you. La la la la la.”
Apparently none of these great thinkers have ever read Walter Goerlitz’ History of the German General Staff. Goerlitz states that staff suggests, giving pros and cons, and line decides. The Nazi party lost sight of that.
So the critics that say that the President didn’t run with their answers don’t really get it. Or maybe they do. They have nothing to lose, unlike the President. They have a myopic view, unlike the President.
p.s. As to President Carter’s criticism, the only one who may have got that right was Michael Tomasky. When asked about this by Stephanie Miller, he replied: “Do you think that might have something to do with his grandson running for office?”