Who Should Lead American Troops in Combat?

Is it me does anyone else have a problem with American troops taking orders from officers of other countries?

I understand the need sometimes for America to launch a joint effort with our allies against a common enemy, but that doesn’t mean that our troops should serve under anyone else’s command but our own.

At the moment, US forces have been serving under a NATO commander from Canada in the aerial attacks on Libya. In the past, US forces have been used in UN peace keeping actions where they had to not only serve under foreign commanders, but swear allegiance to the UN and wear UN insignias on their uniforms.

In light of all of this, I was pleased to see the comments made by Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry this weekend to a group of Veterans of Foreign Wars. At this event, Perry told the crowd:

“It’s not our interest to go it alone. We respect our allies and we must always seek to engage them in military missions. But at the same time, we must be willing to act when it is time to act. We cannot concede the moral authority of our nation to multilateral debating societies, and when our interests are threatened American soldiers should be led by American commanders.”

The past few Presidents we have had in office, including the current one, have never served in the military except for George W. Bush’s two years in the Texas Air National Guard where he never left the states or flew in combat. Is this why American’s military is growing weaker and allowing gays to openly serve?

Rick Perry at least has the right to speak from experience since he served as a pilot in the US Air Force and held the rank of captain. His experience included flying C-130 tactical airlifts in the Middle East and Europe.

Perhaps its time America elects a President with some real military training and experience to lead the helm; a President who sees the importance of having American commanders leading American troops; a President who also knows the importance of protecting America from foreign invasion – military or illegal immigration.