Not so much, especially when they disagree with his policies, then he fires them and replaces them with yes-men. It would seem that the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, has as much say in strategy in Iraq as do the generals. Early in December of last year the AEI began development of a plan to help rescue the administration from a "calamitous failure" in Iraq. The plan called for what is essentially happening on the ground now...increasing the number of troops on the ground and securing neighborhoods. According to Thomas Donelly, an analyst with the AEI, "...the AEI approach won out over plans from the Pentagon and U.S. Central Command. The two Army generals then in charge of Iraq had opposed a troop increase." As we have seen, Bush replaced those generals who opposed the strategy. For the full story, follow the link. <center><a href=http://www.examiner.com/printa-844077~Arm_chair_generals_help_shape_surge_in_Iraq.html?cid=tool-print-bottom>Arm chair generals help shape surge in Iraq</a></center> Bush listens to the commanders on the ground...just another lie amongst the many of Bush and his administration.