Uncharted: Donald Trump cannot be trusted with the nuclear trigger
Donald Trump is the prohibitive favorite to win the GOP nomination, making this is one of the most critical presidential races in American history
The wealth and influence of Donald Trump conjoined with that of POTUS is unimaginable
The President of the United States of America commands the most power and influence of any political leader on the planet.
The office is not a “Grab Bag,” that just anybody should be able to attain. Neither is it an office that an “unqualified” individual should be able to attain simply because they have the means to “buy” favor and influence.
Most importantly, the candidate seeking the highest office in America by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument should be viewed as an anathema — unfit to lead a nation.
Unfortunately, a free democracy precludes the aforementioned from the lawful embrace. Any U.S. citizen fitting these traits, barring a criminal record, is free to seek public office — even president of the United States.
We are bearing witness to this in 2016. Because Trump is the prohibitive favorite to win the GOP nomination, makes this, perhaps the most critical presidential race in American history with whoever secures the Democratic nomination. That’s because Trump, who has never served in political office, and who has zero experience — is considered a serious threat with his appeal to the Republican Tea Party and their ultra-conservative lunatic fringe support base
The POTUS has numerous powers, including those explicitly granted by Article II of the United States Constitution, implied powers, powers granted by Acts of Congress, and the influence and soft power that comes from being president of the United States of America.
The Constitution explicitly assigns to the president the power to sign or veto legislation, command the armed forces, ask for the written opinion of his Cabinet, convene or adjourn Congress, grant reprieves and pardons, and receive ambassadors. The president may make treaties which need to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. The president may also appoint Article III judges and some officers with advice and consent of the Senate ( consent being by simple majority) and if there is a Senate recess, he may make temporary appointments.
Trump’s wealth and influence conjoined with that of POTUS is unimaginable. But the probability of him wielding the president’s broad power as commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States is unthinkable, given the present global political climate with radicalism spiraling out of control. Electing the right individual for the most powerful position on Earth, this November is critical.
In 1973 during the Vietnam War , Congress passed the War Powers Act to severely limit the ability of the president to conduct warfare without Congressional approval. Congress has the power to declare the war (Article 1, sec 8), but if the president needs to send the troops to other countries for hostile reasons, he will need to notify Congress within 48 hours. For any time beyond 60 days, further congressional approval will be required.
While Congress may limit the president’s power to order American men and women into harm’s way, the point of this is to examine why critical attention has to be given to personality traits by a sitting president which might be viewed as provocative, that could elicit a dangerous reaction from enemy states, such as North Korea, China, Russia, or a rogue Middle Eastern nation given to a coup d’tat.
Never has there been more of a need for an American president to be reasonable, calm and collected, even-tempered, and given to a spirit of reconciliation. Of the Democrat and GOP candidates seeking their party’s nod, few will argue with the plain truth that Donald Trump is anything but even tempered.
As commander-in-chief, Trump should not be the one with his thumb on the nuclear trigger. The world is too volatile for an inciter like Donald Trump to be at the helm. Consider the enormous stockpile of nuclear weapons that threaten all life on Earth every day in view of a Trump presidency.
The following are the estimated nuclear warheads in the arsenal of the following community of nuclear-armed nations:
Warheads in Russia, 7,500; U.S., 7,200; France, 300; China, 260; United Kingdom, 215; Pakistan, 120-130; India, 110-120; North Korea, less than 10; Israel, unknown; and Iran, unknown.
That’s 15,435 nuclear bombs. That level of simultaneous nuclear conflagration is inconceivable? It probably could never happen in a free-for-all because the weapons today are thousands of times more powerful than the atomic weapons unleashed on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima that vaporized more than 40,000 lives in two blasts.
No single nation would be able to exhaust their entire arsenal. The megaton yields are so vast, today, the initial blasts of just a few weapons would sufficiently do a number on the planet. The explosive yields of the heaviest thermonuclear devices, today, equal the force of 3,800 Hiroshima explosions —that’s 3,800 cities destroyed by just a single bomb. A nuclear exchange today would mean the end of civilization as we know it. The current nuclear non-proliferation treaties are predicated on a theory that no nation could win a nuclear exchange. The theory is called “M.A.D.” — “Mutual Assured Destruction.”
The U.S. and Russia have these weapons at the ready — the MK-4, and the Tsar Bomba — the largest devices ever built. People surviving the blast and heat from these weapons — if possible — would surely be overcome by radiation from the radioactive clouds encircling the Earth for months in the aftermath.
Donald Trump cannot be trusted to be rational and even-tempered in the face of such awesome responsibility. Some may ask if this commentary is meant to induce fear. Anyone who is not apprehensive about the prospect of another global conflict erupting beneath the leadership of an erratic and ill-advised president is not facing reality.
Trump incites his supporters to “beat the hell out” of his opposition and reminds them of the “old days” when persons who were disagreeable “would be taken out on a stretcher.” Spoken by Trump, these words are beneath the dignity of the “Leader of the Free World.”
His vitriol and temperament should alarm Americans of the sobering reality that, even though it is inconceivable he could win the White House, reality resounds, that hundreds of millions have already aligned themselves behind a Trump presidency.
Sources: Federation of American Scientists, CIA World Factbook, Nuclear Threat Initiative, U.S. Census Bureau; army-technology.com