Top US nuclear commander would resist 'illegal' launch of nuclear weapons

Top general says he'd push back against'illegal nuclear strike order

As Common Dreams reported, "Trump's behavior throughout his campaign and presidency has heightened concerns about the threat of nuclear annihilation and has, for months, provoked global demands that the U.S. Congress strip Trump of his nuclear authority". As head of STRATCOM, Hyten is responsible for overseeing the US nuclear arsenal.

"We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with U.S. national security interests", Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) said. There are backup procedures and backups for the backups.

Hyten said though that if the "illegal" command did come, they would go through a process to find a better solution. "When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?" he said.

By interesting, he seemed to mean puzzling.

'I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do, ' Hyten explained.

"And then, if the commander still resisted", McKeon said as rubbed his chin, "you either get a new secretary of defense or get a new commander". With a commander-in-chief who has shown a fairly incredible misunderstanding of how nuclear strategy works as well as a hair-trigger temper, it's not surprising that some people are slightly concerned about a possible catastrophe.

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While a top US nuclear military commander made global headlines over the weekend after he stated plainly on Saturday that he would resist any order from President Donald Trump that he deemed "illegal", including an unlawful directive to carry out a nuclear strike, experts warn that individual objections such as that could be overcome by a commander-in-chief determined to launch an attack. President, that's illegal.' Guess what he's going to do?

A president can transmit his nuclear attack order directly to a Pentagon war room, Blair told the AP.

The renewed attention on these questions reflects unease - justified or not - about President Donald Trump's temperament and whether he would act impulsively in a crisis.

His comments come amid fears that Mr Trump's taunting tweets aimed at North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un could incite war, and even an exchange of nuclear weapons. Ottinger said 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". It's also likely intended as pushback against recent reporting emphasizing that the president has almost total control over how the nuclear arsenal is used. Running through scenarios of how to react in the event of an illegal order is standard practice, he said.

At the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Tuesday, the first one of this kind in over 40 years, some senators raised the alarm about Trump, who has threatened to unleash "fire and fury" against North Korea, pulling the nuclear trigger. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said at the outset of last week's hearing. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he was not targeting Trump.

"We're not stupid people", he said, "We think about these things a lot".

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