For a man who dodged the draft during the Vietnam War, President-elect Donald Trump seems awfully gung-ho to appoint generals to top positions. Trump’s nominations might reflect a desire to surround himself with expertise and inoculate himself against criticism. I suspect, however, that Trump’s infatuation with the generals stems from something deeper and more dangerous: America’s broader crisis of confidence — in itself, in its institutions, in its role in the world.

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