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Trump is no commander in chief

Trump is no commander in chief

In America, when we elect a civilian to be our president, he or she becomes the most powerful military leader in the world: commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces leading over 1.3 million active-duty personnel and nearly 1 million Reserve and Guard members. The commander in chief oversees a global military reach that vastly overshadows other nations and an enormous advanced arsenal that includes a vast stockpile of nuclear weapons in a world where more and more of our potential adversaries have them as well.

Most experts and historians agree that October 1962 was the closest we have ever come to all-out nuclear war. The Soviet Union had stationed Ilyushin IL-28...