Bush has disregarded the chain of command

Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 10:38 p.m.
The adverse comments in response to Deb Cupples' guest column of Dec. 20 are indicative that many obviously don't understand the military chain of command. The president, our commander in chief, has the ultimate responsibility - it cannot be delegated.
Bush's rush to war turned a blind eye to proper planning, excluding both a worst-case scenario (which every military plan must include) and the review of all intelligence (both pro and con).
The first troops on the ground and all those who followed should have had their country's best efforts behind them.
The appropriation bill, which contained the funds, passed. However, the essential equipment and armor was and remains lacking, particularly for our Reserve and National Guard.
The focus now belongs on our military, which feels the impact first.
While truth may be the first casualty of war, the first losses are America's sons and daughters. Bush's lack of leadership and failure to properly exercise accountability demonstrates his disregard for the chain of command.
Burks Hunt, Gainesville

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