( CNN) President Trump has given Secretary of Defense James Mattis full authority to set US troop degrees in Afghanistan.

Before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, Mattis lauded government decisions as a way to make governing the conflict effort more efficient: “This assures the department can facilitate our missions and nimbly align our commitment to the situation on the ground, ” he said.

Fair enough. But there are — and should be — honest very concerned about the degree to which the President’s hands-off approach to the military provides for a proper set of checks and balances and is healthy for civil-military relations in this country.

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