Trump Stacks Top Government Posts With Ex-Generals

Trump Stacks Top Government Posts With Ex-Generals
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President-elect Donald Trump already has named three retired generals to top posts, With retired Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as his choice for national security adviser, retired Gen. John Kelly likely getting the Homeland Security slot, and retired Gen. David Petraeus a finalist for secretary of state raising questions as to why there are so much military brass in cabinet-level jobs.

Andrew Bacevich, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and military scholar says, “One more three or four-star general given a senior appointment, and we can start referring to a Trump junta rather than a Trump Administration”.
While the men bring broad depth of knowledge to the cabinet and considerable expertise, some worry their numbers threaten a cornerstone of American democracy – that civilians control the military and the government.
David Barno, a retired general who once led the US war effort in Afghanistan has stated that if you have a significant number of (former military members) in your cabinet, you begin to bring into some question whether you actually are maintaining full civil control of a nation.
Trump was outspoken during his campaign against the generals currently serving under President Barack Obama’s administration, boasting he knew more about the Islamic State group than they did, and claiming the White House had reduced the four-stars to “rubble.”

One possible reason Trump is drawing so deeply from the military well now is because officers typically keep their political views private, meaning few generals were openly critical of Trump’s divisive campaign, while a slew of experienced lawmakers and civilians sharply disagreed with him.

 

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