Is Military Experience Key to the Presidency? Much of the debate in the presidential campaign has focused on the military records of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry. But historian James MacGregor Burns argues that in U.S. presidential history, there hasn't been a strong correlation between military experience and great leadership. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon.
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Is Military Experience Key to the Presidency?

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Is Military Experience Key to the Presidency?

Is Military Experience Key to the Presidency?

Is Military Experience Key to the Presidency?

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Much of the debate in the presidential campaign has focused on the military records of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry. But historian James MacGregor Burns argues that in U.S. presidential history, there hasn't been a strong correlation between military experience and great leadership. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon.