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Old 11-20-2016, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Happy Lendervedder View Post
Can someone explain to me why the president needs codes to launch a nuclear attack? If the president of the United States wants to launch a nuclear attack, to whom does he need to verify his identity? It seems as pointless as asking for the president's ID when he uses his credit card to pay for his burger at Five Guys.
I presume it is to prevent the officer carrying the "football" from starting WWWIII on his or her own by calling the Pentagon and saying "hey, the boss said to launch." Instead, he or she would need whatever codes are in the "football" plus those on the President's pocket card when communicating a launch order.