Trump gives Mattis authority on Afghanistan troop levels

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During his campaign, Donald Trump said American generals were not being listened to, and he vowed to give them increased authority. Now, he’s given Defense Secretary — and former General — James Mattis unilateral command of the action in Afghanistan. Paul McLeary, who covers national security and the Pentagon for Foreign Policy, assesses the role of additional US troops and what "winning" might mean.




Warren Olney