Roughly three dozen House Democrats have sent a letter to Joe Biden urging him to relinquish sole control of the nation’s nuclear launch codes, citing “real risks” that could lead to a rogue launch or an accidental nuclear war, according to reports.
Democrats Ask Biden To Surrender Keys On Nuclear Launches https://t.co/zdObi4QY2v
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 24, 2021
“Vesting one person with this authority entails real risks,” the letter from Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) reads, which was obtained by Politico.
“Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment” — an obvious dig at Donald Trump, but bad orange man is gone.
Another possible reference, on August 11, 1984, President Ronald Reagan made a joke about bombing Russia while testing a microphone before a scheduled radio address.
While warming up for the speech, Reagan said “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” “Shockingly,” the Russians condemned the joke.
Nearly three dozen House Democrats on Monday called on Biden to relinquish his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons, in the latest appeal to reform the command-and-control structure so that no single person can initiate a nuclear war https://t.co/AOIHaYf1b4 pic.twitter.com/OSKJ64d3cW
— POLITICO (@politico) February 23, 2021
Panetta said in a Tuesday tweet “I’m calling on @POTUS to install checks & balances in our nuclear command-and-control structure.” And again, the question of “judgment.”
ICYMI: I’m calling on @POTUS to install checks & balances in our nuclear command-and-control structure.
Past presidents have threatened nuclear attacks on other countries or exhibited concerning behavior that cast doubt on their judgment. Read more: https://t.co/Ntk8uvRqxO
— Rep. Jimmy Panetta (@RepJimmyPanetta) February 24, 2021
The letter further states:
“While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so. The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war. Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes.”
The Democrat lawmakers suggested several alternatives to sole nuclear authority, such as requiring the vice president and House speaker — numbers two and three in the line of presidential succession — to agree with a launch order from the president before it is executed, according to Politico.
Nancy Pelosi being Nancy Pelosi, and her “pot calling the kettle black” ravings about Donald Trump being an “unstable president,” said in January she had spoken with Joint Chiefs Chairman and U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley “to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.”
Weird. 3 dozen House Democrats want Biden to give up his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons. Wonder why? https://t.co/dxe50ObAWO
— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) February 24, 2021
But again, the Devil’s spawn is no longer in office, so what gives? Perhaps, this?
In a segment on Australia’s Sky News last Friday, commentator Cory Bernardi said what half of America has been saying since Biden became the Democrat nominee.
“Never before has the leader of the free world been so cognitively compromised. It’s clear to me at the least that U.S. President Joe Biden is struggling with dementia and is clearly not up to the task he’s been sworn in to do.
“This was apparent to many during the election campaign, but such was the hatred for Donald Trump by the partisan and poisonous mainstream media, they chose to fail to highlight anything that might have derailed a Biden victory.”
“It’s all rather pathetic, but even usually smart people are blinded by the nonsense put out by the mainstream media. They believe every perceived sin of Donald Trump while they seem intent on canonizing St. Joe.”
It was a rather brutal takedown of Biden — but every word Bernardi said was true. Including his labeling of CNN’s Anderson Cooper as a “Bidenista,” which I thought was a nice touch.
During the campaign, the jokes pretty much wrote themselves. Biden didn’t know which state he was in half the time, he confused his wife with his sister, he called God “the thing,” and my favorite, he passionately declared that every American citizen has a right to “badakathcare.”
But that was Democrat nominee Joe Biden. Jokes are jokes and they were well-founded, but the guy who thinks we all have a right to “badakathcare” now sits the Oval Office. And the talk continues, including in the media of America’s staunchest allies.
The fact that three dozen Democrats called for a Biden trip-wire if you will, speaks volumes.
Still, I don’t trust Pelosi any farther than I can throw her. As noted by Fox News, a concession from Biden to cede sole control of his nuclear capabilities as commander in chief could take the same power away from future presidents. By Jove?
Actually, that might be farther than I think. Throw her, I mean.