Originally Answered: Why does Congress tell U.S. Soldiers how to fight a war, when the soldiers do not tell Congress how to work?
I am the surfer
Yes on practical realities, no on paper
1) I agree with you mostly on practical realities, here is why :
War is the continuation of politics by other means
by pacing restrictions upon the military , the rules of engagement became a negative factor on the soldier and air man ( i believe that navy is mostly independent, is rare congress telling the navy what waters to patrol) so the restrictions during korean war not to attack china, during vietnam same way too, iraq, somalia, : 19 soldiers killed, 3 helicopters down and clinton and congress were so shocked that they order withdraw!
Combat is fluidity and dynamic, speed , intensity maneuver, no theoretical plan survives dynamic reality so Congressional order about what to and what no t to do hamper the lives of soldiers and airmen
Yes i agree because congress people come from ivy league colleges while soldiers are under paid, so they are very privileged while soldiers do a lot for a few, and congress people do not go to military academy, us air force war college, navy war school , american military university and the like....
Why do you think the state of israel is so efficient? largely and likely because every prime minister has military experience from the draft and many of them come from the military! so as their congressmen ! because every citizen from Israel does military compulsory service ( the draft) with out exception!
3.)= The origin of this comes from world war two, after the battle of okinawa , some marines raped a little japanese local girl, news reached congress back inside Continental usa , and congress after hearings and debates ordered the navy and marines to close the base, that was so shocking that after that the military prefer the Congress to stay away from their doings!
Theoretical arguments for No
1.)by taking literally word from word you said " how to work"
if you use how to work to describe battle then correct , combat is massive flow of events of danger, so congress cannot do that as i said earlier.Yet however work also relates for funding , expending of federal budget and contracts for military industry!
like supervision of the making of osprey helicopter for marines, i recall there was a series of accidents during testing that congress had to intervene!
2.)Another event of Congressional supervision for weapons development and military industry contracts was the manufacture of bradley vehicle, colonel burton from us air force at the pentagon fought against the original design for faults, mistakes and so on so bad that congress took matters into their own to make sure military federal budget was cost - effective for a questionable vehicle ( the pentagon wars book )
14 years watching and reading military history books and the discovery channel
look after the book or the movie "pentagon wars from colonel burton or watch the movie by the same title with kelsey krammer
From the surfer