In the wake of the Jan. 6 attempted insurrection, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi took the unprecedented step of speaking by phone with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley to discuss preventing President Trump from using a nuclear weapon. She said she talked with him to explore ways to stop “an unhinged president from using the nuclear codes.” The fear is that a desperate president would start a war and use nuclear weapons with the idea that somehow that would allow him to declare martial law to stay in power. It sounds like a plot in a suspense novel like “Seven Days in May,” but unfortunately it might be cold hard reality.
Stanley Heller is administrator of Promoting Enduring Peace. The group was founded in 1952 in New Haven. He can be reached at email@example.com The organization’s websites are pepeace.org and peacenews.org.
Read the whole opinion piece here: Opinion: Yes, a U.S. president can start a nuclear war at any time