Friday, August 11, 2017

There is an article in the "Sydney Morning Herald" noting the fact Donald Trump alone has the decision to launch nuclear weapons. Last night on "All In," Chris Hayes had Congressman Ted Lieu speak about that very subject. There is currently a bill sponsored by Congressman Lieu and Senator Markey to limit the power of the US President when it comes to a nuclear first strike.

This was submitted three days after Donald Trump took office. The Congressmen saw the evil potential then.

January 24, 2017
Press Release


Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (click here) (D | Los Angeles County) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced H.R. 669 and S. 200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. This legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. The crucial issue of nuclear “first use” is more urgent than ever now that President Donald Trump has the power to launch a nuclear war at a moment’s notice....

Such a bill has little chance of passing the US House or US Senate without diplomacy that brings all nuclear nations to the same common initiative. It is, however, a very brave and appropriate step to nonproliferation. If countries were restricted from using nuclear weapons as a first strike capacity there would be far less importance placed on them.

I believe this initative is best addressed by the United Nations.