Letter: Trust with nuclear weapons important for the president


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When looking at presidents, a total of 44 in all, there is a clear line of division that should be taken into consideration. All of our presidents, up to and including Franklin D. Roosevelt, operated in a non-nuclear world.

In simple terms, none of these men had the capacity to unleash the horror of nuclear weapons. Only one, Harry Truman, actually chose to use mass weapons in the rational context of ending the world’s most bloody conflict, World War II. It should be noted, the two atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan occured at a time when only the United States had nuclear weapons.

Now, with thermonuclear weapons hundreds of times more powerful than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear war is an existential threat to human existence. By virtue of his constitutional role as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the American President has the ability to launch nuclear strikes at a moment’s notice.

A hundred years ago, it didn’t matter as much if our President was emotionally, mentally or physically unfit to carry out his responsibilities. Is President Trump emotionally or mentally unfit to fulfill his responsibilities as President? I don’t know, but according to the book “Fire and Fury” many in his inner circle are concerned. Unfortunately, now is the wrong time to be asking these questions.

Before anyone votes for a candidate to fill the office of POTUS, the first question they should ask is this: Do I trust this person to control the most powerful nuclear arsenal on Earth? If you can’t answer yes to that question, nothing else should matter.

James Carr

Celina

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