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Letter: President commands forces, not populace

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One in

President Barack Obama boards Air Force One in Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, after speaking there about his executive actions on immigration. Credit: AP / Jacquelyn Martin

Too frequently people refer to the president as "my" or "our" commander in chief ["Hawks should think about lives risked," Letters, Feb. 25].

The Constitution makes the president commander in chief of the armed forces, not of the civilian population. That would be a military dictatorship.

This is a potentially dangerous misapprehension.

Albert Savoy, Huntington

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