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03/04/2013
TIME
President Obama: Decision-Making, Lite | quotes Mackubin Owens
“A president has every right to choose the generals he wants, but it is also the case that he usually gets the generals he deserves,” Owens wrote. “By pushing Gen. Mattis overboard, the administration sent a message that it doesn’t want smart, independent-minded generals who speak candidly to their civilian leaders. What other generals and admirals are likely to take from this is that they should go along to get along, a very bad message for the health of U.S. civil-military relations.”

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