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The Threat of A Blonde Egotist With Bad Haircut
13 August 2017, 15:52,
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The Threat of A Blonde Egotist With Bad Haircut
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/chec...2295a7df56

During his campaign, Trump promised that he would “do everything in my power never to be in a position where we will have to use nuclear power.” But he also repeatedly declined to say whether he would use nuclear weapons first in a conflict. On Thursday, he said he would like to “de-nuke the world,” but that until other countries get rid of their nuclear weapons, “we will be the most powerful nuclear nation in the world, by far.”

A December 2016 assessment by the Congressional Research Service stated that the president “does not need the concurrence of either his military advisors or the U.S. Congress to order the launch of nuclear weapons.” Additionally, the assessment said, “neither the military nor Congress can overrule these orders.”

The reason is simple: The system is set up for the United States to launch an attack within minutes, so that if the United States is under a nuclear attack, it can respond almost instantly, said Bruce Blair, a former nuclear watch officer. Trump would presumably meet with Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the White House national security adviser, before launching a preemptive attack, but it would “really be uncharted territory” if they sought to stall or slow down an order from the president, Blair said.

Under the existing War Powers Act of 1973, the president also is not required to seek congressional approval for any military action until 60 days after the start of a war. Two lawmakers, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), sought to stop the president from launching a first-strike nuclear attack until Congress declares war, but the effort hasn’t gone anywhere and is unlikely to with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress...

Steven F. Hayward, a conservative policy scholar, said that if Trump’s senior military advisers stood united against carrying out a preemptive nuclear strike, the “real remedy would be resignation.” Hypothetically, doing so might trigger impeachment proceedings, Hayward said, but it isn’t clear whether it would be quick enough to stop the president from launching an attack.

“It could happen,” Hayward said. “It would be pretty dramatic and it would be very unclear what would happen, but it could happen. We’re really in uncharted waters here.”

Bruce Ackerman, a professor of law and political science at Yale University, said that the principle of civilian control of the military also looms large — “even when the civilian in control is as unpredictable and belligerent as President Trump.” Latin American nations have modeled their constitutions along American lines, and their experiences suggest that terrible consequences follow when generals defy their presidents, even under compelling circumstances.

“Worse yet, once the principle is violated, it becomes a precedent for future generals to take the law into their own hands,” Ackerman said. “We cannot allow this dynamic to take hold here. If Trump’s team can’t convince him, they should obey the orders of their commander in chief.”

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13 August 2017, 17:35,
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Good grief, Charles. Interesting article, but the leftward tilt in the title gives the media bias away.
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13 August 2017, 18:26,
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That was exactly the intent, to provide a "head's up" to the propaganda excrement storm now brewing.

US policy has been to absorb a first strike, evaluate where it came from and then to respond proportionately.

Given the percentage of leftist Democrat voters in Hawaii and the West Coast I cannot see Trump deviating from that.

After all, why should be pass up an opportunity to substantially reduce the numbers of Democrat voters?

Then if the US mainland gets hit, he will be blamed for not striking first. It's a no-win scenario...

Best course is to turn South Korea into an island and then announce the site of the new Trump Ocean Front Resort and Golf Complex to be built on the site of the former Joint Security Area (Panmunjom)...

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13 August 2017, 18:31,
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In case anyone here might be unaware, The Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, of Amazon.com, who purchased the newspaper for US$250 million cash, completing the transaction on October 1, 2013, after announcing the planned acquisition on August 5, 2013. The newspaper is currently owned by Nash Holdings LLC, a holding company created for the acquisition and controlled by Bezos. The paper has ALWAYS been leftist, a mouthpiece for the Democrat party, and is popularly referred to among DC insiders as "The Washington Field Office of Pravda"

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14 August 2017, 02:50,
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RE: The Threat of A Blonde Egotist With Bad Haircut
IMHO the theory that China will find a way to influence reign the DPRK to behave is beginning to prove itself.

China has said that they will remain neutral in a U.S. vs. N. Korea conflict unless the U.S. strikes first. This is a wise and typical Asian-mindset move. The DPRK leadership has been put on notice that if they start something stupid, that they'll be on their own. Big brother won't step in to save them.

DPRK is facing not only the U.S. and S. Korea, but also Japan. A first-strike against any of the three will result in certain destruction, even with a conventional response.

China wins because the status quo is maintained and DPRK remains a buffer between China and South Korea.
The U.S. wins because N. Korea backs down and war doesn't happen, at least for now.
S. Korea wins, because millions of their civilians survive, for now.
Japan wins, because their status as a military ally that can be depended upon is elevated.

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14 August 2017, 10:46,
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The China statement was the only way it could go.

If NK attacked there was no way that the US was not going to respond and China would get caught up in that. Their statement told their little brothers that they can only protect him so much and if he stepped out of line there was little they were prepared to do.

It is a stalemate so far but will only really be resolved when that nutter in NK pops off and someone sensible gets to power and I don't see anyone sensible in the queue atm.
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14 August 2017, 23:56,
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You need someone sensible in power in the USA too. The general opinion of Trump outside of the US is that he's a dangerous imbecile. Do our American members have any idea how much credibility the USA has lost since electing him? I've several good American friends living in the States, guess what, they don't like him either.
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15 August 2017, 02:49,
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HP - I like your description "dangerous imbecile" and with your permission I will use it to both amuse and shock my acquaintances...

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15 August 2017, 13:52,
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Carry on CH.

I didn't have much faith in Clinton but at least she had a lot political office experience and nobody here expected her to loose. That said, no sensible person expected the UK to vote leave the EU.

Leaving the EU will break the UK IMHO.
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Harry
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15 August 2017, 20:01,
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Sorry Harry ......leaving the EU is the best possible thing for the UK ....i can not wait to be out and be rid of the none elected idiots that seem to call the shots that effect us ....but by the time we are out Harry ....you should be settled in NZ ......whom will be supplying us with lamb chops.....get into sheep Harry my boy lol
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