This is yet another reason why the unquestioned has lingering consequences.
For eight years-plus, we were all repeatedly assured that Barack Obama was the smartest president in our nation’s history, despite the only proof being his college transcripts that are conveniently sealed to this day. It could be argued that had he ordered the deployment and use of nuclear weapons, it would have been carried out because of his unquestioned wisdom.
After more than a year of insults directed at President Donald Trump and the recent provocative actions of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the question of wisdom and lawfulness is now being mulled over by the liberal media, their think tanks, and even one those whose job it is to follow the orders of the Commander-in-Chief; an egotistical military officer who now deems himself an appointed presidential adviser, free to travel outside of our borders and announce to the world our operational capabilities and deficiencies.
Aside from broadcasting to the world, via the Halifax International Security Forum, the United States’ military readiness (or lack thereof), Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command has also informed our enemies that if they were to prepare to launch nuclear weapons against us, he would take the time to debate with President Trump if his order was “lawful” and have the option to obey or #resist that order.
Many of us who’ve served wish we would have had the option to obey or not obey orders we knew were frivolous, an ultimate waste of taxpayer dollars, or just plain wrong. But when an officer like Hyten faces an order he or she questions, HE is worried about the lawfulness and worried about going to jail if he questions it.
The survival of the American people is secondary.
Be it a note of importance or not, General Hyten has spent his 35-plus year career stateside, mostly in and around Washington D.C., Colorado, Nebraska and in and out of colleges. Hyten doesn’t appear to have endured the sting of battle and instead of being in a cockpit, he’s spent most of his career behind a desk.
Bonnie Jenkins currently serves as the U.S. Department of State’s Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. She is also the U.S. representative to the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (WMD) and chaired the Global Partnership in 2012. She is the Department of State lead on the Nuclear Security Summit, and she coordinates the Department of State’s activities related to the effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material.
Jenkins serves as the Leadership Liaison for the Department of State’s Veterans-at-State Affinity Group. She also serves on the Department of State’s Diversity Governance Board.
Steve Clemons is an American journalist and blogger. He was appointed Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and editor-in-chief of AtlanticLIVE, the magazine’s live events series, in May 2011.
And don’t get us started on the “journalism” of The Atlantic….