Over time, there have been warnings about a nuclear war that could happen between the United States and China. Now, with President-elect Donald Trump’s statements regarding this matter, the chances of being able to de-escalate a nuclear strike might grow slim if situations are miscalculated.
To understand how powerful being the country’s president is, one must learn what they can do when it comes to nuclear weapons. Being able to launch a nuclear warhead is one of them.
President-elect Donald Trump, once he is seated in the White House, will have the power to authorize a nuclear strike. He will not need to consult his entourage of experts, he will not need to run it by his cabinet nor the Congress and not even the Supreme Court.
Before the presidential elections last November, several high-ranking military officials of the US Strategic Command released an open letter. Their letter stated that being able to start a nuclear war brings on a lot of stress and pressure on the president.
Hillary Clinton also mentioned during her campaign that it would only take four minutes for the U.S. to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile after the president orders the strike.
A Need For Daily Intelligence Briefings
Recently, Trump stated that he does not need to receive daily intelligence briefings because he is “a smart person.” However, those daily intelligence briefings would come in handy when it comes to de-escalating a nuclear strike.
John F. Kennedy serves as a prime example. Kennedy was able to de-escalate a nuclear strike because he made sure he knew just as much as his officials did. During the fourth day of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, Kennedy was engaged in a tense conversation with his joint Chiefs of Staff. The chances of a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union grew higher, and his Chiefs of Staff pushed for an airstrike on their Cuban targets.
Kennedy decided not to launch and instead impose a blockade. Despite the criticism towards his decision on putting a blockade, he did not yield.
The situation today remains to be as equally dangerous as ever. A lot of pressure and moral obligation lies solely on who is seated at the White House. Should a nuclear strike happen, then the collateral damage on both sides will be of epic proportions.
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