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Wartime Presidents From Lincoln to Obama

The U.S. Navy lands on Morotai Island during WWII

The U.S. Navy lands on Morotai Island during WWII

New York City
Sunday, December 8, 2013

All U.S. presidents, regardless of their background, serve as commanders-in-chief of the nation’s military. In this program, author Andrew Polsky analyzes the wartime decisions of several U.S. presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama. He argues that a president’s actions at the onset of war can determine its outcome. He also contends that as a war continues, presidential involvement can become less effective -- and even disastrous. The New York Military Affairs Symposium in New York City hosted this event. 

Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:44am (ET)

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