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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Lincoln's Birthday blogging: The meaning of "commander in chief"

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When Abraham Lincoln took actions based on military considerations, he gave himself the proper title, “commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.” That title is rarely — more like never — heard today. It is just “commander in chief,” or even “commander in chief of the United States.” This reflects the increasing militarization of our politics.

Garry Wills, always awesome

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