Concern of “Authority To Order The Use of Nuclear Weapons”
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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For the first time in over four decades, on Nov. 14, 2017, Congress is examining President’s authority to launch nuclear attacks. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing is titled “Authority To Order The Use of Nuclear Weapons“. The Presiding U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement at a public hearing on the executive’s authority to use nuclear weapons and the process of executing that authority, below:
Below, I would like to share the Senate hearing on presidential authority to use nuclear weapons:
Three witnesses appeared to testify:
- Retired Air Force General Robert Kehler, a former commander of the U.S. Strategic Command and an expert in nuclear weapons and the capabilities of America’s nuclear arsenal.
- Peter Feaver, former director for Defense Policy and Arms Control at the National Security Council during the George W. Bush Administration. In 2016, Feaver was one of the nearly 50 Republican national security officials who signed a letter opposing Trump’s candidacy for president. Feaver believes that Trump is a potential threat to national security.
- Brian McKeon, former Acting Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Defense under President Barack Obama, and a critic of Trump’s approach to nuclear-armed North Korea.
Regardless who is the current President of the United States, considering the dramatic consequence of the use nuclear weapons, it does seem wise/reasonable to safeguard the human element. As Dr. Peter D. Feaver stated, “Hardware is trumped by software. Software is trumped by wetware.” Such that wetware refers to the reliability of the people involved in enforcing the rule, the human element. If you are concerned about the future of our planet, talk to your Congress-persons.
I’ve received quite a few comments such as “horrible” regarding this post. In order to prevent such a horrible incident from occurring, it is best that all responsible USA citizens to consult their respective Congress-persons and representatives and be sure to VOTE on election days. I would also highly recommend that you view the video of Senate hearing on “Authority to Use Nuclear Weapons” above.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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