[ExI] Nuclear hair-trigger
spike66 at att.net
Fri Dec 23 21:04:20 UTC 2016
>… On Behalf Of John Clark
Subject: [ExI] Nuclear hair-trigger
>…Some months ago Spike said something about how the USA shouldn't be on a nuclear hair trigger, and the more I think about it the more I think he was right. Somebody has started the following petition to President Barack Obama:
" We urge you to take U.S. nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert. …
If you want to sign it you can do so here:
>…Right now World War 3 could start in less time than it takes to type 140 characters.
John K Clark
Cool thanks, I will sign this and I think it is a good idea.
Even more to the point, the decision to launch these shouldn’t be in the hands of the executive branch at all. The power to declare war rests with congress. Launching a nuke is declaring war.
My possibly over-optimistic conclusion is that this transfer has already been done, and if so, we have no reasonable expectation we would know about it, or even that the head of the executive branch would know that football no longer signals the submarines but rather signals the joint chiefs and a couple of biggies in the senate and house. If the top military brass made that change, I see no reason why they would need to tell.
Now is a golden opportunity to fix this if it isn’t already fixed.
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