Amid growing anxiety that President Donald Trump’s heated rhetoric could trigger a war with North Korea, lawmakers on Tuesday debated for the first time in 40 years a US president’s authority to launch a nuclear strike.“We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with US national security interests,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut. “So let’s just recognize the exceptional nature of this moment.”The former commander of US Strategic Command, which oversees the Pentagon’s nuclear arsenal, told Congress that in his previous role he would have followed the president’s order to carry out a strike. But in a scenario where there is no imminent threat, top military officials can raise questions if they received an order they thought was illegal or hadn’t been sufficiently vetted, retired Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler said.“The military does not blindly follow orders,” he told the committee. “That is true of nuclear orders as well. … If there is an illegal order presented to the military, the military is obligated to refuse… Read full this story
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