Like Churchill, Lyndon Johnson was a meddler in military affairs - the bane (baine?) of his generals as he tried to micro-manage the Vietnam war, phoney Silver Star and all. His interventions were more or less by telephone.
By contrast, George Bush Snr - a genuine WW2 aviator of considerable distinction - contented himself with setting policy for Gulf War 1 and building a remarkable coalition to prosecute it. Then he let his generals get on with it. The temptation for him to interfere could have been great because by 1990 the technology was in place for real-time televisual involvement via satellite links of all kinds: from land bases to aerial recce planes to early-model drones - the first computer-gamers' war. (I know because, err, I do.)
But he left well alone. For a man of several failings*, George H.W. conducted himself impeccably as Commander-in-Chief of a great democracy's war machine.
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Interesting, then, to see today's pics of Obama & Clinton et al watching proceedings chez OBL. The photos seem to show him as a spectator - albeit one with a massive interest in the outcome. Did he just watch & keep his peace ? If so, it speaks well for him - and is the better for us.
*Including, arguably, his judgment to call a halt to ops on the road to Baghdad.