One of the horrendous aspects of the T-Rump is his cruel, revenge-minded mental being, and thus, provides a scary-as-shit scenario where he could gladly start a nuclear war — Nancy Pelosi is tring to circumvent such a tragedy:
FLASH: Pelosi worried that Trump has the nuclear codes. pic.twitter.com/TKK0TaL78t
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 8, 2021
Excerpt from the above statement — via CNN:
Preventing an Unhinged President From Using the Nuclear Codes: This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.
The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.
Background/further info also from CNN:
Pelosi’s letter is once again raising questions about what it takes to actually launch a nuclear weapon and whether military commanders can refuse an order from Trump.
Only the President of the United States has the authority to order the deployment of nuclear weapons.
But contrary to popular belief, the “nuclear football,” which always accompanies a President does not contain a button.
Instead has the equipment and the decision-making papers that Trump would use to authenticate his orders and launch a strike.
The decision to launch a strike requires the President to work with military aides possessing the materials he needs to order an attack, as well as personnel at all levels, from top commanders all the way down to service members working in the missile silos.
Current and former defense officials have also insisted that the military does not blindly follow orders from the President, noting there are layers of checks and balances intended to safeguard against a President unlawfully ordering a nuclear strike.”
But the reality is that the only basis for interfering with a direct order is if it’s illegal, immoral or unethical.
And there is a widely held belief among military commanders that they must resign if they are unable to carry out a legal order.
However, the T-Rump has already fucked-up normal protocol when he tweeted this shit last Tuesday, unhinged in the sense there’s no proper form for such blatherings, and scaring the shit out of Pelosi along with the sane corner of America:
These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2020
Yet still, that tweet was shit (Mashable): ‘Legal experts quickly responded to the absurdities and inaccuracies of Trump’s tweet, mostly about a violation of the nearly 50-year-old War Powers Act. This law, among other matters, “requires the President to consult with Congress before introducing U.S. armed forces into hostilities or situations where hostilities are imminent, and to continue such consultations as long as U.S. armed forces remain in such situations,” according to the Library of Congress.‘
If the T-Rump was anybody else besides the T-Rump it could appear he was setting the stage to go out the door with a bang. However, the T-Rump is an idiot and really doesn’t think beyond the here-and-now second — though, he still could could do some war-like danage if allowed, which Pelosi is trying to nip in the insane bud.
No better person to understad the rambling of military brains is Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked The Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971, dragging the lies about the Vietnam war out into the open.
Ellsberg penned a piece for the Guardian published this morning noting an edge to T-Tump’s mental stability and history — some snips:
The dispatch this week of B-52’s nonstop round-trip from North Dakota to the Iranian coast — the fourth such flight in seven weeks, one at year’s end — along with his build-up of US forces in the area, is a warning not only to Iran but to us.
In mid-November, as these flights began, the president had to be dissuaded at the highest levels from directing an unprovoked attack on Iran nuclear facilities.
But an attack “provoked” by Iran (or by militias in Iraq aligned with Iran) was not ruled out.
US military and intelligence agencies have frequently, as in Vietnam and Iraq, provided presidents with false information that offered pretexts to attack our perceived adversaries.
Or they’ve suggested covert actions that could provoke the adversaries to some response that justifies a US “retaliation.”
Current documents or digital files that contemplate provoking or “retaliating to” Iranian actions covertly provoked by us should not remain secret another moment from the US Congress and the American public, lest we be presented with a disastrous fait accompli before January 20, instigating a war potentially worse than Vietnam plus all the wars of the Middle East combined.
It is neither too late for such plans to be carried out by this deranged president nor for an informed public and Congress to block him from doing so.
Read the whole thing, makes one wonder…
(Illustration: ‘Meteor,’ found here).