In a discussion on government involvement on health care on 'The O’Reilly Factor' on Tuesday night, Bill O'Reilly debated Alan Colmes on who actually controls the U.S. military. O'Reilly denied that the military was under civilian control of the President of the United States (video below).
O’Reilly claimed: “They can’t run the military because it’s military controlled, not civilian.”
“But the commander-in-chief is a civilian, the government runs the military well,” Colmes countered.
“That is wrong,” O’Reilly said. “The Pentagon calls the shots on how the military operates. The Pentagon is military people.”
“That’s the government,” Colmes said. “It’s the government, it’s still the government.”
O’Reilly concluded: “They work for and the government running it are two different things.”
Despite what O’Reilly claimed, the military is led by the executive branch, which appoints the Pentagon’s leadership. The military’s top generals serve as advisers to the president, a civilian, who has ultimate authority over the military.