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US nuclear chief would resist 'illegal' presidential strike order

Posted by Conspiracy Cafe on November 19, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Would the US military disobey a nuclear order from President Trump?

The top nuclear commander in the US says he would resist any "illegal" presidential order to launch a strike.

Air Force Gen John Hyten, said as head of the US Strategic Command he provided advice to a president and expected that a legal alternative would be found.

His comments come just days after US senators discussed a president's authority to launch a nuclear attack.

Some of them expressed concern that President Donald Trump might irresponsibly order such a strike.

Others though said a president must have the authority to act without meddling from lawyers. It was the first such hearing in more than 40 years.

In August, Mr Trump vowed to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea if it threatened the US.

Last month, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Republican chairman, Senator Bob Corker, accused the president of setting the US "on a path to World War Three".

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Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, Gen Hyten said: "We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?"

As for the legality of a strike, the general said that he had studied US laws of armed conflict for many years which stipulates key criteria the president must consider before launching any attack:




Unnecessary suffering

The armed conflict report quotes an International Court of Justice ruling which states that while the threat or use of nuclear weapons is not prohibited by international law, "the use of such weapons seems scarcely reconcilable with respect for the requirements of the law applicable in armed conflict".

While Senators and expert witnesses agree the president has full authority to defend the nation, commentators have pointed out that because there is no all-encompassing definition of "imminent attack", the president is not given an entirely free hand.

"I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do," Gen Hyten said.

"And if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen? I'm going to say: 'Mr President, that's illegal.' And guess what he's going to do? He's going to say, 'What would be legal?' And we'll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that's the way it works.

"It's not that complicated," Gen Hyten added.

He added: "If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life."

President Trump has not publicly commented on Gen Hyten's remarks.

Comrade Hillary would have you shot on the spot. While no one wants a nuclear war that doesn't mean an adversary might not attempt to start one. If the good general desires to avoid one, then perhaps owning up to the plethora of military backed regime changes would be a good start. The U.S. overthrew the Ukrainian government that was elected by the way because Yanukovych was courted by Russia not the EU. That was illegal. The perpetrators have vilified Russia and unleashed the dogs of war over that. Testing nuclear delivery skills bothers them not. Perhaps owning up to our transgressions would open the door to sustaining peace and cooperation. Unfortunately our despotic leaders so enjoy playing power and control games. War is illegal. The U.S. wages it all the time with the invention of new terms like terror. I see" target="_blank">the general was decorated in the illegal global war on terror. He never lost any sleep fighting for empire there. He was an Obama appointment. The partisan election malice still undermines the president.

It won't matter much. Powers greater that the general and the president will take us to the brink and beyond. None of them has the courage to stand up to the deep state shadow government. What the good general is doing is showing a potential adversary he won't pull the trigger. That encourages them to shoot and bring on the destruction of the world. It is mutual assured destruction that has kept the peace mad as it may seem. Faltering and challenging changes the dialectic and the balance of power. It seeds your own destruction. The best general appears to enemies as a mad dog foaming at the mouth ready to destroy them at a moment's notice. The sophisticated lefty asshole gives the edge to the enemy. War isn't a think tank. It is a battlefield. As they say in martial arts, you learn to fight so that you don't have to. There will be many challenges in the weeks and months to come. Don't question why you're there general. GROWL! Because if you don't know why you're there and who you serve you're in the wrong job.

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