Why Pres. Bush is immune from internal criticism
Much has been made of why the Pres. Bush has been able to brush off the criticisms of his administration policies about the war in Iraq. Polls show that Bush is perceived as the stronger leader in the fight against terrorism and as commander in chief despite the attacks from his critics in the media and elsewhere. One reason for this is because Presidents are largely shielded from internal dissent. White House, cabinet members, and the civilian officials of the Pentagon serve at the pleasure of the President. So if you want to keep your job, you'd better not voice your criticisms of administration decision-making in the press. Also it is a punishable offense if military personnel publicly disagree with the decisions of the Commander in Chief. Presidents are rarely challenged by their politically-minded advisors and can make decisions in an atmosphere where it is more important to be loved than be right.