But one former defense secretary was upset by the president’s word choice.
“When it comes to the military, the military belongs to the country,” Leon Panetta, secretary of defense and CIA director under President Obama, said on MSNBC. “Our defense system belongs to the country. And it’s not the president’s military, it’s the military of the United States of America.”
“He has responsibility obviously, as commander in chief, to be able to make decisions with regards to our military,” Panetta continued. “But I think if you ask the men and women in uniform who they are responsible to, I think their answer would be, ‘We’re responsible to the United States of America.'”