After recent debates in the US Senate regarding the President’s absolute power to authorize a nuclear strike, a top US General has claimed that he and all other top-ranking Generals in the US Army are trained to disobey any “illegal” orders for a nuclear strike.
Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) claimed that he would not follow an order that came from the President blindly, claiming that the law prohibits the use of excessive force when it comes to the decision making process for a nuclear strike.
“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do. 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.
Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday, the general said that the US Military is completely prepared if the situation turns ugly in the face of any conflict.
“We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?” he said
In his capacity as STRATCOM commander, Hyten oversees the US strategic nuclear triad.
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