Do you recall what Clemenceau once said about war? –Uh, no, I don't think I do, sir, no. –He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, 50 years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought.
I was under the impression that I was the only one in authority to order the use of nuclear weapons. –Uh, that's right, sir. You are the only person authorized to do so. And although I, uh, hate to judge before all the facts are in, it's beginning to look like, uh, General Ripper exceeded his authority.