Over the past month, I've continually gone back to look at updates over this Libyan episode where the ambassador was murdered (I know....none of the big news guys ever use this word, but if you were a governor in Iowa and they bombed your house with mortars ...most folks would say "murder").
I've come to this opinion. There probably was something that the CIA or the US military could have done.....but it would have taken Presidential involvement to get them to cross that stream.
So I've come to this opinion. We need six guys hired up to be President of the United States....on a swinging shift arrangement. I figure eight-hour shifts, with two to three days off each week. We'd have the guy sitting in a national strategic command-post, where he'd see events unfolding and could make minute-by-minute orders. As President one's shift ends....President two steps in and keeps things going in the right direction. If it lasts longer than his shift, then President three steps in.
Now, the negative is that you'd probably also need another group of six guys doing the same thing in the White House....doing mostly PR-work. And I'd need a third team that goes around the country to view flooded canals, tornado damage, and shaking hands with former Green Bay quarterbacks. I'd also need another team that handles only relations with the House and the Senate. And finally, I'd need another team of Presidents who handle international affairs, funerals in Paris, and Colombian hooker episodes.
Altogether, I'd need around thirty US Presidents. And toss in thirty VP's as well. Yeah, the pension costs and Secret Service detail would be huge.
But this is the only way that we'd finally get some President at the right place and right time....to do the right thing.
I admit....elections would be difficult if 300 guys were running for President, and the Electoral College would have to be changed a bit to allow thirty guys to win. Yeah, it might confuse the Today Show hosts to remember all thirty, and it might be a hassle to arrange the schedule so that some guys get time off.
The issue is that we've come to expect alot from the President, and I kinda doubt that the system works like we think it does.