Sunday, June 11, 2017

Should President Trump Micromanage The Pentagon?

President Donald Trump visiting U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. YouTube

W.J. Hennigan and Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau, Compared to George W. Bush And Obama, Trump Doesn't Micromanage

WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush spoke with his military commander in Iraq nearly every week.

President Barack Obama was so deeply involved in military operations that his first three Defense secretaries all complained, sometimes bitterly, about what they considered White House micromanagement.

In nearly five months in office, President Donald Trump has yet to meet or speak with either his Iraq or Afghanistan commander, even as his administration weighs deeper and longer-term involvement in both conflicts and asks Congress for a vast increase in defense spending.

Trump's hands-off approach to America's longest wars demonstrates how much control his administration has entrusted to Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, a retired four-star Marine general, and commanders on the ground.

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WNU Editor: If you have confidence in the people that you put in positions of trust and that you know they will follow your guidelines and policies .... the last thing that you want to do is micromanage them. But when a MOAB was used in Afghanistan in April there was an article that did catch my attention .... Did President Trump Directly Authorised The MOAB Strike In Afghanistan? (April 13, 2017). In short .... the Pentagon has a lot of latitude in making military decisions on the ground .... but the White House wants to be in the loop.

Update: This has taken too long .... Trump's Pentagon filling top jobs after slow start (Washington Examiner).

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