Around three dozen house Democrats do not feel that Joe Biden should have the sole authority to launch nuclear weapons or any president for that matter, it seems In a letter to Biden, they asked him to “renounce” his sole authority.
According to Fox News:
“Vesting one person with this authority entails real risks,” the letter from Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., and obtained by Politico reads. “Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment.”
Panetta’s office did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Fox News. The congressman said in a Monday tweet that he is “calling on” Biden “to install checks [and] balances in our nuclear command-and-control structure.”
The letter continues: “While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so. The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war. Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes.”
Democrats offered some alternatives to sole nuclear authority, such as requiring the vice president and House speaker to agree with a launch order from the president before it is executed, according to Politico.
During President Trump’s final days in office House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed concern and asked the Joint Chiefs what they could do to stop an “unhinged” president.
Democrats love playing politics with the national security to the United States, and a Democrat president is apparently not enough to stop them.