Trump era sparks new debate about nuclear war authority

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Trump era sparks new debate about nuclear war authority

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the incoming commander of the United States Strategic Command, speaks to reporters following a change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb. On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2017, the top officer at U.S. Strategic Command says an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.
Gen. Robert Kehler, USAF (Ret.) former Commander United States Strategic Command, testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on North Korea on Capitol Hill in Washington. It’s hard to overstate how thoroughly the U.S. military has prepared for doomsday – the day nuclear bombs zero in on America. But some worry about the potential for deadlocked decision-making in an actual nuclear crisis. Kehler was asked about this at a congressional hearing. His response: “You’d be in a very interesting constitutional situation.”

Trump era sparks new debate about nuclear war authority

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the incoming commander of the United States Strategic Command, speaks to reporters following a change of command ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb. On Saturday, Nov. 17, 2017, the top officer at U.S. Strategic Command says an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.
Gen. Robert Kehler, USAF (Ret.) former Commander United States Strategic Command, testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on North Korea on Capitol Hill in Washington. It’s hard to overstate how thoroughly the U.S. military has prepared for doomsday – the day nuclear bombs zero in on America. But some worry about the potential for deadlocked decision-making in an actual nuclear crisis. Kehler was asked about this at a congressional hearing. His response: “You’d be in a very interesting constitutional situation.”
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