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Saturday, November 18, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. nuclear commander was quoted as saying on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an "illegal" launch of nuclear weapons.

CBS News said Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order.

"I think some people think we're stupid," Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario. "We're not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?"

CBS said Hyten, who is responsible for overseeing the U.S. nuclear arsenal, explained the process that would follow such a command.

"As head of STRATCOM, I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do," he said.

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"And if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen? I'm going to say, 'Mr. President, that's illegal.' And guess what he's going to do? He's going to say, 'What would be legal?' And we'll come up (with) options, with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that's the way it works. It's not that complicated."

Hyten said running through scenarios of how to react in the event of an illegal order was standard practice, and added: "If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life."

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hyten's remarks.

They came after questions by U.S. senators, including Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans, about Trump's authority to wage war, use nuclear weapons and enter into or end international agreements, amid concern that tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs could lead to hostilities.

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Lil' Donnie wants to know why he can't just nuke whomever he pleases just like he wanted to know why he couldn't direct the AG on who to prosecute.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-18 04:09 PM | Reply

Why do people even post stuff like this? Trump ordering a first strike?

What is even in your head, Corky?

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 04:31 PM | Reply

What is even in your head, Corky?

Not a damn thing. Not a damn thing.

#3 | Posted by boaz at 2017-11-18 04:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Some senators want legislation to alter the nuclear authority of the U.S. president and a Senate committee on Tuesday held the first congressional hearing in more than four decades on the president's authority to launch a nuclear strike.

What is it about the child raping dotard that would prompt congress to alter Presidential authority regarding the use of nukes? Is it advanced syphilis or dementia?

#4 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-11-18 04:51 PM | Reply

#4 Because all of your accusations are insane? Trump is not actually a child raping dotard. The woman who claimed that he raped her as a child lives in England, and is on her fourth lawyer because all of her previous lawyers quit when she told them her claims. Also, "dotard" is what Kim calls him, so good luck with that propaganda.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 04:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's no secret that there at least 16 women that the ------------------- would like to nuke.

www.newsweek.com

#6 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-11-18 05:03 PM | Reply

#6 I'm more worried about the helpless cyborg Clinton raped with the help of Carter, here: www.duhaime.org

But please, spell out in detail all 16 rape allegations. Because that's a lot of rape.

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 05:14 PM | Reply

- What is even in your head, Corky?

No one asks you that, right, Helium Head?

Fortuntely, Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command knows people are concerned about the Orange Orangutan with the nukalar football.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-18 05:23 PM | Reply

#7

"Clinton! Clinton! Clinton! Clinton! Clinton! Clinton!!!!" - Whataboutism Rat

en.wikipedia.org

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-18 05:26 PM | Reply

#9 Whataboutism the 16 rape allegations?

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 05:32 PM | Reply

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#10

Unproven allegations that have exactly what to do with this thread topic?

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-18 05:36 PM | Reply

#11 Your #6, brainiac.

#12 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 05:43 PM | Reply

Sad. That was was reinheitsgebot.

My bad.

#13 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 05:44 PM | Reply

Wait "Illegal?" I thought the left thought that was cool.

#14 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-11-18 05:45 PM | Reply

I didn't post #6, Blind Willie TrollRat.

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-18 05:46 PM | Reply

#15 Did I, or did I not, apologize?

Why don't you go lick Hillary's feet some more (no offense, Boaz).

#16 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 05:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Why don't you go lick Hillary's feet some more

#16 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT

How??

Your head is in the way.

Sean Hannity is behind you critiquing your technique and begging for his turn.

#17 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-11-18 05:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

-apologize?

Your post was 2 min before mine.... or is it a time-free zone there up Trump's backside?

#18 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-18 06:00 PM | Reply

#17 I canceled cable about two months ago, and I never, ever watched Fox News, you brainwashed freak. But hey, you are just a stupid angry jerk, so I get it. Carry on.

#19 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 06:19 PM | Reply

#19

No reason a sociopath wouldn't order a nuclear first strike if he thought he would personally profit from it in some way.

#20 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-18 07:08 PM | Reply

#20 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2017-11-18 07:08 PM | FLAG: You obviously have no true knowledge of what a sociopath actually is.

#21 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-11-19 01:48 AM | Reply

#21

Someone without conscience and t
No concept or care regarding the feelings of other persons.

Donald Trump.

#22 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-19 06:38 AM | Reply

#21

Those people who are trying to keep Donald from nuking NK are undoubtedly telling him about what he, personally, has to lose if he did that.

#23 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-19 06:40 AM | Reply

You're such a positive force, Zed.

#24 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-11-19 01:15 PM | Reply

I can only assume that this general is soon retiring.

#25 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-11-19 06:53 PM | Reply

This thread is proof positive that liberals don't understand the military.

You only orders you have to obey in the military are LAWFUL ORDERS. That's exactly what the STRATCOM commander was saying: "I don't obey unlawful orders."

#26 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-11-20 08:12 AM | Reply

Remember when generals made comments like this publicly under Obama, me neither.

#27 | Posted by bored at 2017-11-20 12:39 PM | Reply

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