Should Americans worry about Trump’s generals?

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( CNN) Ever since George Washington, America’s first military hero, retired twice to Mount Vernon — willingly giving up first command and then power — civilian control of the military has been a cherished US tradition. And by making an elected President commander in chief — and devoting Congress the power not just to declare war but to appropriate the resources for it — the Constitution has reinforced that critically important precedent.

But is that precedent being threatened by President-elect Donald Trump? And does Trump’s proclivity for considering and appointing retired generals for top national security tasks danger leading to military control over civilian government?

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