Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Will Trump Launch A Nuclear First Strike On North Korea? One AF General Vows To Refuse Any Illegal Order

The malignant narcissism of Dotard may be enough to hurl the world into nuclear war.

In the early 1960s, physicist Herman Kahn's books “On Thermonuclear War” and “Thinking About the Unthinkable”, were must- read fare for those of attending Loyola.  Hours were spent discussing the perils of nuclear war, this barely two years after JFK - using utmost temperance -  saved the collective ass of civilization. He did this by rejecting the Joint Chiefs' demands to bomb and invade Cuba at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Kahn warned his readers with words still are relevant today, and more than 50 years after they were written: “We must guard against many types of events – psychopathic or irrational individuals, mechanical or human failure, sabotage, irresponsible behavior, and so on".  He also cautioned leaders that “we must not look too dangerous to the enemy. This does not mean that we cannot do anything that threatens him … We must not appear to be excessively aggressive, irresponsible, trigger-happy, or accident prone, today or in the future.”

This is exactly the problem with Donnie Dotard and why now -  after the latest North Korean Missile launch -  we may be even closer to nuclear war.  Dotard - let us make no mistake (and despite how Peter King (R, NY) tried to defend his sanity this a.m. on 'Morning Joe' - is a deranged fool, whose malignant narcissism and sociopathy could get us all incinerated - maybe even before Christmas. But hell, don't take my word for it.

In the book, 'The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump' clinical psychologist  Michael J. Tansey informs us (p. 121):

"Although there are several areas in which DT's particular version of personality disorder is vital to understand, none is more compelling or terrifying than his control of the nuclear codes.  Surpassing the devastation of climate, health care, education, diplomacy, social services, freedom of speech, and liberty and justice for all, nothing is more incomprehensible than the now plausible prospect of an all -out nuclear war.

For all but the few remaining survivors who witnessed the atomic bombing of Japan and its aftermath we simply have nothing in our own experiences to imagine the instantaneous annihilation. Quite literally we are here one second and vaporized the next along with everyone and everything."

Let me pause here to interject that although none of us except the Japanese survivors have experienced an atomic bomb attack, you can get a very good inkling of what happens to humans by watching it in this clip from the movie 'Threads', e.g.

Watch it then watch again- especially the last 2 minutes of the clip-  to see what we may be in for with this goddamned lunatic.

Back to Michael Tansey's take (ibid.):

"Because of this very real existential threat, it is absolutely urgent that we comprehend the titanic differences between a president who is merely 'crazy like a fox' versus one I have termed crazy like crazy (possessing core grandiose and paranoid delusions disconnected from factual reality."

The evidence Dotard is literally crazy like crazy is abundant and Tansey (and the books' other contributors) references it with numerous episodes over the past 10 plus months, such as (p. 123) "his early morning tweets that his phones had been tapped by Obama." See e.g.

Prof. Tansey like the others is adamant that Trump must not be enabled to launch a first or pre-emptive strike. Every general worth his salt has to either prevent this catastrophe (say by snatching the football from the bastard) or plainly refusing any other orders connected to launching ill -advised attacks, say a "decapitation strike" on the North.)

Enter now a REAL patriot, not a paper one: Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command.  On November 19, Gen. Hyten declared he would refuse to follow an illegal presidential order to launch a nuclear attack.   At the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia he explained:

"If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail," the general explained . "You could go to jail for the rest of your life."

For those in the military, there is a legal duty to obey a lawful order, but also a legal duty to disobey an unlawful order. An order to use nuclear weapons -- except possibly in an extreme circumstance of self-defense when the survival of the nation is at stake -- would be an unlawful order.  Many more military, as well as the media and citizens need to process this.

Now with the latest North Korean ICBM test launch there is increased cause for concern that Trump may order a preemptive nuclear strike on North Korea. Dotard, indeed,  has indicated his willingness to use nuclear weapons. In early 2016, he asked a senior foreign policy adviser about nuclear weapons three times during a briefing and then queried, "If we have them why can't we use them?"

Of course, after hearing that  idiocy - if it were up to me - I'd take this fool, strap him down in a chair with his eyelids taped open (like Alex in 'A Clockwork Orange') e.g.
Image result for Scene of Alex eyes forced open in CLockwork Orange

And let him watch the 'Threads' nuclear attack scene on an endless  loop.

Then in April, "multiple senior intelligence officials" told NBC News that the administration was "prepared to launch a preemptive strike" if they thought North Korea was about to conduct a nuclear test. Preemptive strikes violate the United Nations Charter, which forbids the use of military force except in self-defense or with permission from the UN Security Council.

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) requires that all military personnel obey lawful orders. Article 92 of the UCMJ states, "A general order or regulation is lawful unless it is contrary to the Constitution, the laws of the United States...." Additionally, both the Nuremberg Principles and the Army Field Manual create a duty to disobey unlawful orders.

Article II of the Constitution states, "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States." However, Article I specifies that only Congress has the power to declare war. Taken together, the articles convey that the president commands the armed forces once Congress authorizes war.

The president can only use military force in self-defense or to forestall an imminent attack. There must exist "a necessity of self-defense, instant, overwhelming, leaving no choice of means, and no moment for deliberation," under the well-established Caroline Case. A president has no lawful authority to order a first-strike nuclear attack.

As the heated rhetoric with North Korean president Kim Jong-Un escalated, Trump tweeted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was "wasting his time" by pursuing diplomacy with North Korea. Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea. During his visit to South Korea earlier this month, Trump distinguished his administration from prior ones, who refrained from using nuclear weapons against North Korea. "This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past," he said. "Do not underestimate us. And do not try us."

Well, Mr. Dotard Putz, do not try us,  the citizens of this nation. My paternal ancestors have been here since before the Revolutionary War and one even fought in it - for the Pennsylvania Regiment. We are not about to let a vermin rat like you destroy everything this country stands for - no matter how much your sick fuck "base" eggs you on in your psychopathy. In the meantime, we applaud those like Gen. Hyten who vow to stand against any reckless orders issued.


Publius said...

Left unsaid is that Gen. John Hyten would obey a lawful order to nuke North Korea.

Copernicus said...

The point is the "nuking" accepted by Gen Hyten would not be by way of a pre-emptive strike - which is what most sentient citizens are concerned about. Nuking them AFTER they strike a target is totally justifiable. The "illegal order" then specifically concerns preemptive attacks - say merely because Dotard is angered over NK test launches. The difference here is critical, apart from the fact none of the psychologists or psychiatrists in the referenced monograph I cited believe Trump is fit to judge when a nuclear attack would be warranted. He is a borderline sociopath and psychopath incapable of the level of discretion JFK used during the Cuban Missile crisis.