I begin with a rather disquieting item posted on Wikipedia:
Only the President can direct the use of nuclear weapons, including the Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP). While the President does have unilateral authority as commander-in-chief to order that nuclear weapons be used for any reason at any time, the actual procedures and technical systems in place for authorizing the execution of a launch order requires a secondary confirmation under a two-man rule, as the President’s order is subject to secondary confirmation by the Secretary of Defense. If the Secretary of Defense does not concur, then the President may in his sole discretion fire the Secretary. The Secretary of Defense has legal authority to approve the order, but cannot veto it.
What this means, as I understand it, is that the president has sole power to determine when and where to use nuclear weapons, since the Secretary of Defense cannot veto his decision to use the weapons. — which have heretofore been deterrents to war but which could possibly become the first strike in the next war. That is to say, in the event of an “emergency” the president can initiate the use of nuclear weapons with only a 90 second pause for reflection. It is clear that the president of the united states has immense power to initiate the use of nuclear weapons and thus to start a Third World War — which will almost certainly be the last war humans ever fight. And given what we know about the character of the president-elect, there is much to consider. The following article in a recent Huffington Post makes the issue crystal clear:
The president of the United States has complete and unilateral control over 1,900 active nuclear weapons. Due to advances in modern technology, the most common protocols for authorizing American nuclear weapons allow for as little as 90 seconds of reflection by the one person alive with the power to use them. How on Earth are any of us safe, how are our loved ones safe, when that person is considered entirely unqualified by some of the most respected members of his own party, and has been assessed by hundreds if not thousands of psychological professionals as having incurable Narcissistic Personality and Sociopathic Personality Disorders?
The rhetorical question at the end of this quote should awaken any of those among us who wonder what might possibly happen if the current president-elect becomes our next president. The question is what, if anything, can be done? Roger Wolfson, in the above article, explains that the electoral college can still vote to elect Hillary Clinton president and he provides a link to a petition that readers might do well to consider signing as a way to assure that Donald Trump never gets his finger on the button to start a Third World War. Granted, this is a worst-case-scenario, but in light of this man’s erratic behavior and narcissistic personality, it is certainly not beyond the scope of possibility. I submit this for your thoughtful consideration as a possible course of action.