Who Controls the Military Part XI
However, many executive institutions have their own will, their own inertia. We have seen various executive institutions resist both Republican & Democratic presidents. The military has its own will and inertia too, what will it do when commanded by President Obama? It seems President Obama is avoiding the mistakes made by the Clinton Administration, my guess is he will have better military relations.
The problem usually does not come down to critical situations. That is, if President Obama commands the 48th Bunny Thumper Division to attack the killer rabbits in Timvilistanberg the 48th Bunny Thumpers will promptly attack. However, if President Obama then commands the 48th Bunny Thumpers to wash their armor the Bunny Thumpers may resist. The Constitution may not like it, but human nature is human nature, no?
Don't get me wrong, the Bunny Thumpers should immediately be cleaning their armor upon President Obama's command, but we all know, simply being the commander on the organization chart does not mean the commander commands.