Why in the U.S. is the direct leadership of the President so important? This question should be taken in context of the Vietnam War.

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The Vietnam War shows the importance of direct presidential leadership in a few ways.

First, the lack of such leadership caused problems for the United States at times.  The American involvement in Vietnam escalated gradually, often without direct presidential involvement.  It would have been better for the US if various presidents had been in more direct control because then there might have been a more coherent strategy with a defined goal.  Instead, there was "mission...

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