Trump Delegates Warmaking to Generals

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Trump Delegates Warmaking to Generals

by Stephen Lendman

Articles in the Atlantic and Wall Street Journal discussed Trump's approach to militarism and warmaking.

He's letting hawkish generals make battlefield decisions – overseen by Defense Secretary Mattis, National Security Advisor McMaster and Joint Chiefs chairman Dunford.

Last month, the Atlantic headlined "Trump and the Generals," saying the president "is fixated on a more conspicuous form of winning." Earlier he said "(w)e never win…(W)e don't fight to win."

Generals always want more funding. No matter the amount budgeted, it's not enough. Trump proposed an additional $54 billion for the next fiscal year. 

Inadequate, according to Pentagon commanders, waging forever wars "against a multi-general ideological war of ideas that goes far beyond the military battlefield," said the Atlantic.

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