One of the most important titles and responsibilities given to the President of the United States is that of Commander in Chief. But with much of the military favoring left-wing politics and candidates, it is uncertain what a Republican president would be able to get done.

That fact was further cemented when a former CIA director, Michael Hayden, told Bill Maher last week that the military might simply refuse to follow orders if Donald Trump is elected president.

Hayden, who served as CIA director from 1999 to 2005, appeared on Maher's HBO show, "Real Time with Bill Maher," and said that Trump's comments about instituting torture would be met with defiance from the military.

"Let me give you a punchline: If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act."

Hayden was referring to some of Trump's comments regarding the killing of terrorists' families and the reintegration of waterboarding as a technique used by the military. Trump has told audiences that torture would help the U.S. gain credence as an international power broker, but Hayden and others are skeptical.

"You are not committed . . . in fact you’re required to not follow an unlawful order. That would be in violation of all the international laws of armed conflict," Hayden said.

Maher, true to his polarizing form, pounced on Hayden's comments and said that electing Trump would be akin to prompting a military coup in the United States, something that Hayden denied.

But the fact remains that Trump, as commander in chief, would continue to be a polarizing figure. We can hope that members of the military would continue to support the United States and the person elected by the people of America, but that might not always be the case.

Whoever is elected, America is headed for some tough decisions in the near future. Let's hope we're all ready for them.

h/t: Daily Caller



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