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Guy Gardener wrote:
Perhaps Earth's rules work differently. Maybe it's the Earth head of STATE (the President) who fulfills this role. Or maybe it's neither. Or maybe I need a drink.
Ah, see there's a big difference between being Commander in Chief and being the commanding officer. It goes from the CiC to the Department of Defense and then on to the appropriate commanders. See the Goldwater-Nichols Act: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldwat...%93Nichols_Act
... so the CiC doesn't bark orders directly at commanders in the middle of an operation.