House Democrats have made it clear to President Joe Biden that they don’t trust him having sole authority over America’s nuclear arsenal.
In the letter to Biden signed by Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Rep. Ted Lieu of California, the House Democrats request that Biden give up his exclusive control of the “nuclear football.” They were joined by “nearly three dozen House Democrats.”
Nearly three dozen House Democrats on Monday called on Biden to relinquish his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons, in the latest appeal to reform the command-and-control structure so that no single person can initiate a nuclear war https://t.co/AOIHaYf1b4 pic.twitter.com/OSKJ64d3cW
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“We write to respectfully request that you consider modifying the decision-making process the United States uses in its command and control of nuclear forces,” the letter states.
“As president, two of your most critical and solem duties are the security of the country and the safeguarding of its nuclear arsenal,” it continues. “You alone possess the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons, which assures that nuclear weapons remain under civilian control.”
“However, vesting one person with this authority entails real risks,” it goes on. “Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment.”
Past presidents being… Donald Trump. In the footnotes, it cites the president threatening a nuclear attack on North Korea, as well as an incident involving the Nixon presidency. But one could even go back to the Eisenhower administration to find cases of presidents threatening nuclear annihilation of the country’s enemies. And of course, Harry Truman actually used nuclear weapons.
Nestled in the footnotes is another reference, which points to ostensibly seditious behavior on the part of Nancy Pelosi: “During the January 6th, 2021 attack on the Capitol, Speaker Pelosi checked with the chair of the Join Chiefs of Saff aboutthe president’s nuclear command authority.” It should be added to these citations that there was also a concern during the attack on the Capitol about the danger to Vice President Mike Pence’s “nuclear football.”
“While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so,” the letter continues. “The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war. Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes.”
As reported by Politico, which obtained the letter, “They offer a number of alternatives, including requiring other officials in the line of succession, such as the vice president and the speaker of the House — ‘neither of whom can be removed by the president if they disagree — to concur with a launch order.'”
There you have it: The radical Democrats in Congress don’t trust Joe Biden with the nuclear launch codes.
Shame on Joe Biden’s family for doing this to him.
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— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 24, 2021
Who could blame them?
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