- Aaron Miller: Trump has nominated large number of ex-generals to Cabinet
- The judgment, experience and character of the person nominated is key, Miller says
Aaron David Miller is a vice president and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and author of "The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President." Miller was a Middle East negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations. Follow him @aarondmiller2. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(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 giving Congress the power not just to declare war but to appropriate the resources for it -- the Constitution has reinforced that critically important precedent.