By now, most of you have heard of the tragic fiasco in Yemen. An attempted U.S.-Emirati raid went badly wrong, resulting in unnecessary loss of military and civilian lives.
On one hand, the fault lies with the U.S. military, which proposed the operation.
But the buck stops with the President. It is easy to imagine a Commander-in-Chief disapproving or postponing the raid. This particular Commander-in-Chief chose not to do so, and thus the failure lies with him, just as it lay with President James Carter in 1980. There is no way around that.
Tragic mistakes happen. Failing to own up to them is inexcusable. The President has the authority and the responsibility. Regardless of the other failures on the chain of command, he is the one who needs to learn from the mistake and force his underlings to do the same.