I know we’ve got a new meltdown every day from the administration, but this is truly dangerous. In his last days, there was concern that Nixon, who was locking himself away in an alcoholic stupor and acting increasing irratically, might lose his marbles and order a nuclear launch, SecDef James Schlesinger ran around telling everyone involved with the process to check with him first if they got any launch orders.
Trump is far more unhinged than Nixon, and more desperate. And Trump has a history of asking “why can’t we use nukes?” in relation to every military situation.
There is no sanity check on a president that orders a nuclear launch. There is only authentication checks - to guarantee that it’s a real order from the president. He has sole authority to launch nuclear weapons at any time for any reason. The process that people train on is drilled over and over again - it doesn’t allow room for interpretation, it’s programming people to take quick action. You get the launch orders, authenticate them, and you launch. That’s it. This is a sole power of the presidency.
Mattis was the last of the sane people remaining in his cabinet. He could’ve potentially derailed an insane launch order (which would result in chaos, but at least it would’ve had a chance at stopping it), but now Trump is going to replace him with a lackey.
Is it so far fetched, when everything is closing in down on Trump, who has a history of creating chaotic distractions when he’s in trouble, to start a war as a last desperate attempt at distraction?
Of all the insane turnover and chaos within the Trump administration, this one is the most dangerous. This is very, very bad news.