Subject: How to hook guppies...Top general says he would resist "illegal" nuke order from Trump
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The top U.S. nuclear commander said Saturday he would push back against
President Trump if he ordered a nuclear launch the general believed to be
"illegal," saying he would hope to find another solution.
Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command
(STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum
in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday that he has given a lot of thought to
what he would say if Mr. Trump ordered a strike he considered unlawful.
"I think some people think we're stupid," Hyten said in response to a
question about such a scenario. "We're not stupid people. We think about
these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not
think about it?"
Hyten explained the process that would follow such a command. As head of
STRATCOM, Hyten is responsible for overseeing the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
"I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do," Hyten
added. "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 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 he has been trained every year for decades in the law of armed
conflict, which takes into account specific factors to determine legality
-- necessity, distinction, proportionality, unnecessary suffering and
more. Running through scenarios of how to react in the event of an illegal
order is standard practice, he said.
"If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to
jail for the rest of your life," Hyten said.
Hyten's comments come against the backdrop of Mr. Trump's bombastic
comments about North Korea and how he might respond to that regime's
nuclear threat. The president has pledged to unleash "fire and fury" and
to "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary. Hyten's comments also come
as Congress is re-examining the authorization of the use of military force
and power to launch a nuclear strike.
In a hearing earlier this week, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, said Mr.
Trump "can launch nuclear codes just as easily as he can use his Twitter
Hyten said the U.S. military is always ready to respond to the threat of
North Korea, even at that very moment. \
"And we are ready every minute of every day to respond to any event that
comes out of North Korea. That's the element of deterrence that has to be
clear, and it is clear," Hyten said.
But Hyten also said handling North Korea and its unpredictable leader Kim
Jong Un has to be an international effort. Mr. Trump has continued to put
pressure on China to help manage its tempestuous neighbor.
"President Trump by himself can't change the behavior of Kim Jong Un,"
Hyten said. "But President Trump can create the conditions that the
international community can reach out in different ways where we can work
with the Republic of Korea, where we can work with our neighbors in the
CBS News' Stefan Becket contributed to this report.
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