I understand that positions of political authority tend to make people think that their opinions are relevant and wanted. I understand that your ego can get a little bit inflated when audiences hang on your every word out of respect for your office if not for you.
But what does the American soldier need from his Commander-in-Chief? What the American soldier needs from his Commander-in-Chief is a Reaganesque promise to never suspend military pay in the event of government shut downs. He needs the confidence that his Commander-in-Chief will not use him as a political pawn whenever it is convenient, leaving his family in the lurch. He needs a Commander-in-Chief who performs his duties concerning soldiers as outlined by the Constitution and the War Powers Act. Marital advice? Thanks, Sir, but no thanks.