BREAKING NEWS From TOP U.S. General… This Is BAD

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Air Force General John Hyten – Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) renewed a rather contentious and fiery debate with regard to presidential authority after comments to the audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada. Hyten stated he believes has a lot of say so in whether or not he can choose to follow President Donald Trump’s order for what he termed an “illegal” nuclear launch. This naturally caused a firestorm of debate about the president’s authority to order the firing of a warhead.

Brian McKeon was a senior policy adviser in the Pentagon during the Obama administration, states President Trump’s first recourse is to tell the defense secretary to order the reluctant commander to execute the launch order.

McKeon states –

“And then, if the commander still resisted, you either get a new secretary of defense or get a new commander.”

Implying that the Commander in Chief had the right to make the call as he sees fit.

Hyten stated of the issue he created –

“And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I‘m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”

Hyten went on to explain that running through scenarios of how to react in the case of an illegal order was standard practice.

“If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”

According to Fox News

“It’s hard to overstate how thoroughly the U.S. military has prepared for doomsday — the day America gets into a nuclear shooting war. No detail seems to have been overlooked. There’s even a designated “safe escape” door at the nuclear-warfighting headquarters near Omaha, Nebraska, through which the four-star commander would rush to a getaway plane moments before the first bomb hit.

Procedures are in place for ensuring U.S. nuclear weapons are ready for a presidential launch order in response to — or in anticipation of — a nuclear attack by North Korea or anyone else. There are backup procedures and backups for the backups.”

Bruce Blair is a former nuclear missile launch officer.  He is also the co-founder of Global Zero, a group that advocates for the elimination of nuclear weapons.  Blair believes the Strategic Command chief might, in effect, be bypassed by the president, therefore transmitting the nuclear attack order directly to the Pentagon war room.  From there it would be up to the men and women who turn the launch keys.

These questions and the attention being put on them reflects the unease of some Americans with regard to President Trump’s temperment and whether he would act on impulse in a crisis rather than after careful thought and consideration and upon the advice of trained military personnel. Whether the concerns are justified or not, they are continuing to be asked.


The Senate hearing held this past week was the first in Congress with regard to presidential authority to use nuclear weaponry since 1976.  The hearing in 1976 was held due to Congressman Richard L. Ottinger (NY-D) pushing for the U.S. to declare nuclear war would never be initiated.

Ottinger stated he wanted to –

“…eliminate the prospect that human ignorance and potential human failure in the use of nuclear materials, especially nuclear weapons, will lead to the destruction of civilization.”

Nearly 41 years later, the U.S. has not ruled out the first-strike nuclear option.  President Trump is unlikely to do so either while in office.  Some “experts” are troubled by this and worry about a president with the sole authority to initiate war. Some believe that unchecked power could be catastrophic in President Trump’s hands. Men like Sen. Bob Corker (TN-R) have publicly questioned President Trump’s ability to lead with his tendency to lean towards aggressive rhetoric when dealing with North Korea and other countries.  It seems Corker wants the world laughing at America again as was the case during the Obama regime. Corker has managed to anger and alienate his entire home state where he is unlikely to win a reelection bid and rather than risk losing he has chosen to not run for reelection.

It seems in the end, Widdle Bobby Corker’s hearing produced little impetus for legislation to alter the presidential authorities so it was simply running at the mouth and political posturing.  Second verse same as the first, a little bit louder and a whole lot worse.

Meanwhile, James Acton the co-director of the nuclear policy program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had a more rational response.  Acton states he saw nothing but politics in play yet feels this is a vital issue that should be discussed and debated regardless who is in power. This is not politics – this is lives.

Acton stated –

“But I think it’s a genuinely important subject, and I think it’s one we should be debating irrespective of who the president is.” 

Despite the political posturing by one such as Corker, it is vitally important that there are checks in place.  This is not a conversation that should be about President Trump or any other president as a person but as a check and balance for the office as a whole.

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