Retired U.S. general says nuclear launch order can be refused

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Retired U.S. general says nuclear launch order can be refused

General C. Robert Kehler, right, USAF (Ret.) former Commander United States Strategic Command, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on North Korea on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Also testifying are Dr. Peter D. Feaver, center, professor of political science and public policy at Duke University, and Brian McKeon, left, former acting under secretary for policy with the Department of Defense.
Charlie Riedel/Associated Press file

An inert Minuteman 3 missile is seen in a training launch tube at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Here’s a question rarely raised before Donald Trump ran for the White House: If the president ordered a pre-emptive nuclear strike, could anyone stop him? The answer is no. Not the Congress. Not his secretary of defense. And by design, not the military officers who would be duty-bound to execute the order.

Retired U.S. general says nuclear launch order can be refused

General C. Robert Kehler, right, USAF (Ret.) former Commander United States Strategic Command, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on North Korea on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Also testifying are Dr. Peter D. Feaver, center, professor of political science and public policy at Duke University, and Brian McKeon, left, former acting under secretary for policy with the Department of Defense.
Charlie Riedel/Associated Press file

An inert Minuteman 3 missile is seen in a training launch tube at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Here’s a question rarely raised before Donald Trump ran for the White House: If the president ordered a pre-emptive nuclear strike, could anyone stop him? The answer is no. Not the Congress. Not his secretary of defense. And by design, not the military officers who would be duty-bound to execute the order.
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