House Dems on Monday called on Biden to relinquish sole authority over nuclear codes

House Dems on Monday called on Biden to relinquish sole authority over nuclear codes

[Ed. – At first blush it sounds like a good idea considering Joe Biden’s age and mental state. But would you want Nancy Pelosi with her finger on the buttom?]

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.

“…Vesting one person with this authority entails real risks,” states the letter spearheaded by Rep. Jimmy Panetta of California. “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.“

“While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so,” the letter adds. “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.”

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