Ideas matter, especially in life or death situations like war.
There’s a reason that the Founding Fathers put the President as civilian Commander-in-Chief in charge of U.S. military policy. They could’ve chosen to give absolute authority to the office they named The Secretary of War, now called the Secretary of Defense. Many previous civilizations chose to do just that, or were ruled over by monarchs who got their power through war.
Now that Trump has abdicated military power in Afghanistan to his Secretary of Defense, isn’t it worth asking what kind of society Mattis believes in, and which philosophical system he gets his ideas from? The Founding Fathers would’ve appreciated a vigorous debate on the topic, exactly the kind we’re not having right now–in our 16th year of war in Afghanistan.
More on this over at HuffPo.