George W. Bush

Trump doesn't micromanage the military - but that could backfire

Trump doesn't micromanage the military - but that could backfire

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

President 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 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...

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