A commander in chief who doesn’t command

Jahara W. Matisek (Northwestern): American Civil-Military Relations since George Washington: Has Donald Trump Changed the Dynamic? Trump delegates troop decisions, to praise and concern. Trump doesn’t micromanage the military — but that could backfire. How Trump is empowering the military — and raising some eyebrows. Trump is a commander in chief who doesn’t command. The Trump doctrine in Afghanistan: Let the generals handle it. Why “Mattis in charge” is a formula for disaster. President Trump has abdicated the office of commander-in-chief: It is irresponsible to give too much power to generals, but that is exactly what this White House has done.