When General Grievous' location was discovered in Episode III (0:50 of this video), Anakin relays Palpatine's request for him to lead the campaign to capture General Grievous on Utapau. Mace Windu disagreed saying, "The Council will make up its own mind on who to go, not the Chancellor."
I had believed that the office of Supreme Chancellor is the commander-in-chief of the GAR in the same sense as the POTUS is one. Since the Jedi Order is meant to be subject to the authority of the Galactic Senate and its offices, why did Mace Windu say what he did?
I had considered three possible answers to my question, although I can be wrong on all counts:
- My belief about the Supreme Chancellor's degree of military authority is wrong.
- This is a battlefield decision. Normally, generals should only make battlefield decisions that defy higher authority in contingencies where it is critical to do contrary to what the orders say and there is not enough time to update and consult with said authority to change orders. Can General Grievous' location be considered a valid contingency to defy the Supreme Chancellor over, though?
- The Jedi Council wilfully defied the Supreme Chancellor because they distrust him and suspect him to be under the influence of Darth Sidious (they have never suspected him to be Darth Sidious himself until Palpatine revealed it on his own), even though they have always been lacking in evidence.
Please share your insights on this issue, thanks!