Should politicians run wars?

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"No new taxes." This is a quote that was said during the 1992 presidential election. It didn't take long for the people to realize that this was false. There are a thousand promises made in a presidential election year that have questionable motives as to whether they are offered in the best interest of the people or in the interests of the presidential candidate. These hidden interests are one of the biggest problems with the American political system. One of the prime examples of this is the Vietnam War.

U.S. Involvement in Vietnam

Although South Vietnam asked for our help, which we had previously promised, the entire war was managed in order to meet our political agendas and to stay "politically correct" in the world's eyes rather than to bring a quick end to the war. This can be seen in the selective bombing of Hanoi throughout the Vietnam War.

Politically, this strategy looked appealing. However, militarily, it was totally insane. War is the one arena in which politicians have no place. Good men give their lives in war because of the politicians. War is the military's only job. Therefore, the U. S. Military should be allowed to manage any war, conflict, or police action that it has engaged in without any political interference or control because of the problems and hidden interests that are always lurking behind the curtains when dealing with politicians. This would probably be the right thing to do with regards to military efficiency but the United States, also, has many nuclear weapons that need not to be controlled by just the top military officials. Greed motivates man to become power-hungry and egotistic and the last thing we need is a revolting general.

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident

The United States' involvement in the Vietnam War...