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Is James Mattis Any Threat to Democracy?

James Mattis is well qualified for the Pentagon. He is also a threat to the tradition of civilian control of the military.

President-elect Donald Trump's intention to nominate James Mattis as secretary of defense places Congress in a bind. Is it duty-bound to reject an obviously well-qualified person for the job? Or would confirming Mattis, a retired four-star general, endanger the nation's founding tradition of civilian control of the military?

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