Trump Lets Mattis Decide on Troop Levels in US War Theaters

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on The Sleuth Journal

[image: Alex Brandon, Associated Press]Straightaway in office, Trump delegated warmaking to hawkish generals – Defense Secretary Mattis, National Security Advisor McMaster and Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunford in charge, assuring endless wars continue.

Battlefield decisions were delegated to local commanders, including drone strikes and special operations missions in countries where America is not officially at war.

Trump administration militarism and warmaking are more muscular than his predecessors. Diplomacy gets short shrift.

Pentagon and intelligence community power holds the Trump administration, Congress and the courts hostage.

Diplomacy is relegated to show. Tillerson has no say over geopolitical policymaking.

A nuclear war could start without Trump, civilian cabinet members, and congressional leaders’ knowledge and involvement until they’re told.

With Pentagon commanders and intelligence community bosses in charge of warmaking and other key geopolitical issues, a potential nightmarish scenario could unfold.

In April, the Pentagon said Trump gave Mattis broad authority to set US

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