[ExI] Security clearances

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Sun May 15 21:48:14 UTC 2016

On Sun, May 15, 2016  William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:

​> ​
> My guess is that no president (or cannot?) do it alone.  They need
> backing.  If the Cabinet members and the military all agree with the pres,
> then what can one do?  If they all disagree, then I think no pres would
> (could?) order strikes.  Maybe Trump would try to go it alone, but I have
> to doubt even that.

​All the Cabinet members serve at the pleasure of the President, he hired
them and he can fire them whenever he wants, and Trump is not shy about
firing people. And the same goes for the top military brass, the president
outranks them all. As for Trident Submarine Commanders, their knowledge of
current events will be 2 to 3 months out of date and they will be in no
position to second guess their Commander In Chief.

Don't expect some third party to save you, if the president is a madman
you're dead. ​

​> ​
> I would dearly like to see Congress act as a balance here, as they are
> supposed to do.  No military action without agreement by Congress.

​That's not going to happen because it would invite a first strike,
especial on ​
​Washington DC.​

 John K Clark
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