What a scary thought

Discussion in 'UK and World News' started by Welsh dragon, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. Welsh dragon

    Welsh dragon Senior Member Staff Member

    In a news story by the BBC it really is a scary thought that president Trump could initiate a nuclear attack with or without his top generals agreement.

    In theory the president could use his access code and send to start the process. Hopefully somewhere along the chain of command someone would say NO, but there seems to be a real possibility that that wouldn't necessarily happen. A truly terrifying thought.

  2. Baron Vlad Harkonenn

    Baron Vlad Harkonenn Regular Member

    It would be even more scary if Hilary had got in, she'd be far more likely than the Donald to press the button.
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  3. jhawk

    jhawk Member

    The Chain of Command exists for a very good reason. Right now, I believe the US is at Defense Condition 5 - DEFCON 5 -- they'd have to go all the way down to DEFCON 1 -- which involves a whole bunch of steps and at the end of the day, a human being is still responsible for turning the keys to launch the missiles in the submarines, or pressing the buttons in the silos, as the article points out. It's not as simple as President Trump being able to launch nuclear missiles from "the football". He can give the orders, but those beneath him in the Chain of Command still have to carry them out.
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  4. Jezza

    Jezza Regular Member

    Any man who likes toys likes to play with toys.
    Thankfully, nukes aren't toys.
    If they were we'd have had nukes going off aplenty long before now.
  5. Bromptonaut

    Bromptonaut Rohan Man

    It's been reported that Nixon, who liked a drink, went on a bender and ordered a nuclear strike on North Korea.

    His officials noted the order but took the preperations at a snails pace giving him the opportunity to sober up and face reality.
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  6. Bromptonaut

    Bromptonaut Rohan Man

    Would you care to expand on that?
  7. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Regular Member

    Eh ?
    You contradict the first sentence with the second.
    The President can not initiate a nuclear attack, only the process to start one. Two very different things.
  8. OP
    Welsh dragon

    Welsh dragon Senior Member Staff Member

    Where it says chain of command, says that the President has sole authority to authorise the use of nuclear weapons. And that no one is allowed to overule the presidents decision. It is part of his role as commander in chief.

    Even if people lower down the chain decide to refuse to carry out those orders, it is the the fact that he could do it that is the scary part.
  9. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Regular Member

    Unless they consider it illegal
  10. DarkMist

    DarkMist Guest

    It is the same scaremongering we had in the 80's. Swap Russia for North Korea.
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