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The voters decide that. Specifically, if a voter thinks that military experience should be a prerequisite, then he or she will only vote for candidates with military experience.
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Kavalion wrote:


mxdan wrote: I think people seem to forget that there was a time when America was pacifist in foreign affairs.


Who told you that? USA has only known war.


Civil and zero-option war are still of a certain degree of pacifism.

There have been periods in American Military history such as WW2 where we tried to not involve ourselves until absolutely necessary.
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mxdan wrote:
Civil and zero-option war are still of a certain degree of pacifism.

There have been periods in American Military history such as WW2 where we tried to not involve ourselves until absolutely necessary.


Eh, USA is a warrior culture, like most nations, its citizens are soldiers. The disciplinary and retaliatory wars aren't particularly pacifistic, I think.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_the_United_States
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Kavalion wrote:


mxdan wrote:
Civil and zero-option war are still of a certain degree of pacifism.

There have been periods in American Military history such as WW2 where we tried to not involve ourselves until absolutely necessary.


Eh, USA is a warrior culture, like most nations, its citizens are soldiers. The disciplinary and retaliatory wars aren't particularly pacifistic, I think.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_the_United_States


Maybe today, but that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that we have a history of isolationism in some cases.
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lorreen wrote:

No. You can have a reasonable understanding of how it works and trustworthy experienced advisers without having the actual experience.

Even if the US is a big military power, it's not the only feature of the country and there are other equally important things, and other kinds of experience that would contribute to being a competent president.


'Wile I agree with you about the military, I don't agree with you at all with the rest. In the end the president does not need to know anything about running a country to be a competent President. All He/she needs is to know how to manage his team, who should know how to run their part of the system. So really to only real power a president needs is Management skills. Any other skills is just bonus. The president is only as good as the people he has advising him, and working for him.
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mxdan wrote:
Maybe today, but that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that we have a history of isolationism in some cases.


In the sense of mostly fighting in the Americas, but we still managed the Barbary Wars and other conflicts across the Pond, ramping up more and more after most rivals in the Americas have been defeated.
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