Pelosi Calls Chairman of Joint Chiefs To Keep Nukes From Trump – True Intent To Remove Trump

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In her continuing attempt to damage President Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi today published a ‘dear colleague’ letter that referred to her call to General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Her letter, coming after Wednesday’s chaos in the Capitol, is part of an attempt to pressure some in Trump’s cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to designate Trump mentally unfit and remove him from office in his remaining 12 days in office.

The letter noted that she called Milley “to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike.” In the letter, she referred to President Trump as ‘unhinged.”

According to Defense One, Col. Dave Butler, a spokesman for Milley, said that he “answered her questions regarding the process of nuclear command authority.”

Milley, while technically the nation’s top military officer, serves in a purely advisory capacity. He has no operational authority and is not in the Pentagon’s chain of command which goes from the president to the secretary of defense directly to the 11 unified combatant commanders.

In the case of nuclear weapons release the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) formerly the Strategic Air Command (SAC) would be the one to execute the president’s nuclear launch orders.

The president, who is always accompanied by a military aide carrying “the football,” a leather case containing the nuclear codes and options for the commander-in-chief, has sole authority to launch a nuclear strike.

Still, “The President by himself cannot press a button and cause missiles to fly. He can only give an authenticated order which others would follow and then missiles would fly,” Dr. Peter Feaver, a professor of public policy and political science at Duke University, told congressional lawmakers in 2018, reported CNN.

“The system is not a button that the President can accidentally lean on against the desk and immediately cause missiles to fly as some people in the public, I think, fear it would be,” Feaver testified.

CNN noted that Feaver added that “the decision to launch a strike requires the President to work with military aides possessing the materials he needs to order an attack, as well as personnel at all levels, from top commanders all the way down to service members working in the missile silos.”

If needed, the President would be guided by the highly classified OPLAN 8044 and OPLAN 8010 which are both successor plans to the Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP), the general plan for nuclear war during the Cold War from 1961 to 2003.

He would also follow the latest Nuclear Weapons Employment Policy (NUWEP).

And, as Pelosi certainly knows after decades in government, the order to launch a strike must be legal and those in the chain of command below the President are not required to follow any illegal orders. This is as true now, as it has always been.

To highlight that point, Gen. John Hyten, currently the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was President Trump’s former head of STRATCOM responsible for the nation’s nuclear forces. At the Halifax Security Forum in 2017, Hyten said that he wouldn’t accept an illegal order from the president to launch a nuclear attack.

“He’ll tell me what to do and if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m gonna say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’” Which is why Pelosi’s letter is mostly showboating, and part of a bigger ploy.

Pelosi’s real intent was clear. She said in her letter that she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had reached out to Vice President Mike Pence to urge him to initiate 25th Amendment proceedings to remove the president.

She added that they “still hope to hear from him as soon as possible with a positive answer as to whether he and the Cabinet will honor their oath to the Constitution.”

Not only is this action to remove Trump now highly unlikely but could be the single most dangerous idea for our highly divided and polarized country as it sits on a tinderbox. Pelosi should reign in her baser partisan impulses and simply allow President Trump to leave office as planned in 12 days.

That is the best way to protect and heal the country.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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gene smith
gene smith
3 months ago

If there exists any menaces or dangers to society in DC and this Country. Be assured they emanate from Psycho Nut Case Pelosi.
Her venom is disturbing as is her unbridled hatred for our President. She has never stopped since 2015 and has now regained effort and the steam to drive it.
SHE is the danger, not our President and she should be removed before she does some irreparable damage.

ROBERT POWELL
ROBERT POWELL
3 months ago

pe-louse in all her communist fury, has personally shown the American voters just how far into senility she actually is. SHE HAS NO REGUARD FOR THE VOTERS, ONLY WORRIED ABOUT STAYING IN POWER..

Chanah
Chanah
3 months ago
Reply to  ROBERT POWELL

Right. She is the one who is unfit, along with the so-called president elect Joe Biden-his-time.

Sara DeCapua
Sara DeCapua
3 months ago
Reply to  Chanah

Donald J. Trump is President. What pelosi did seems to be treasonous and she should be arrested, convicted and executed. On the 20th of January, I will denounce pedobiden and lower my American Flag to half mast until this country is returned to the Americans or I die.

judith valentine
judith valentine
3 months ago

Iam sure they all know she is a fruitcake and just let her babble she is the biggest dander to us she wants to give every thing to other countries and illegals i read they got 1800 while Americans got 600

ROY S. MALLMANN II
ROY S. MALLMANN II
3 months ago

This is treason and considering that the Democrat Party rigged the vote to bring down Trump, that is too. First of all you state that there is no proof of widespread voter fraud which you are dead wrong and here is the proof. On the morning of Election Day, there were officially 213.8 million registered voters in the U.S. TOTAL! The Washington Post stated that 66.2% of all the voters, actually voted in the 2020 election, an all time record. This gives you a total of 141,535,600 registered voters that could cast a legal ballot, right? PRESIDENT TRUMP won 74,111,419 votes (official total), right? so if you take the total of all the registered voters that voted, 141,535,600 voters, then deduct Trump’s total of 74,111,419 voters, it leaves you only 67,424,181 remaining, which if Joe Biden got every single remaining vote, it is impossible that he got more than 67,424,181 voters, which is substantially less than PRESIDENT TRUMP. These numbers do not lie! PRESIDENT TRUMP WON THE ELECTION! Please verify my numbers! It is totally impossible that Joe Biden won and the government is staging a big cover-up and this will not stand.

Heather
Heather
3 months ago

I heard that when the police were in the capital building they confiscated her laptop. This is why she is freaking out…on there is information about her and Schumer and others who organized the violent attacks. There is ALOT of information and she is afraid that President Trump will declassify EVERYTHING! What she and others have
done equals high crimes! This makes a lot of sense with how she is acting…

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
3 months ago

Pelosi seems to have become more radical and dangerous as her party gains more power over the American people. I had hoped for fair elections and later that her party would choose a more moderate Speaker. When neither materialized, I knew the constitutional republic sought by conservatives would not be seen during the approaching terms.

Clearly, these radical democrats hate conservatives so fervently that only imprisonment or death will satisfy them. And they know the path to their objective is blocked by peaceable, lawful armed citizens who will fight to keep their freedoms. If you buy her act that the president has the power to push a button and launch missiles, you’ve been flummoxed again. We now stand on the brink.

Donna
Donna
3 months ago

If anyone is unhinged, it is Pelosi! Shame on her for doing all of these things to our President Of The United States. President Trump was doing a great job with these foreign countries and she acts like he is so dangerous. She is a disgrace!

Bob L.
Bob L.
3 months ago

The woman is deranged.

john
john
3 months ago

Good “old” Pelosi , What an idiot !!! She’s obviously is mentally insufficient or dumb as a rock, otherwise she would have know more about the nuclear protocol and how tightly it is controlled. She is going to be the laugh of the day for the historians when they write this phase of our history. I am amazed that she has been able to lead (?) the house, as she has, down the road of destruction with such apparent ease. I would love to know what it is she has on so many house members that she can continue to rule as she does.

Captain Cross
Captain Cross
3 months ago

Sedition and treason. The only thing Nan should be holding in her hands are the cold bars of a jail cell and the last thing she should hear is gun shots.

Sandy
Sandy
3 months ago

I just don’t get it the Democrats have not been inaugurated yet and they are doing everything they can to alienate voters. They are just tone deaf. They preach unity and call names. Sorry to say they definitely do not represent me.

Omega 2
Omega 2
3 months ago

SO THE SLIME FROM THE SPEAKERS CHAIR IS NOW SLIDING ALL OVER CONGRESS TO DUMP TRUMP! TIME TO IMPEACH PIGLOSI. THE DEMENTED 80 YEAR OLD HAG FOR HER TRAITOROUS ACTS OF THE LAST 4 YEARS! SHE IS PART OF ” LINCOLN’S ADDRESS, ” THIS COUNTRY CAN ONLY BE TAKEN FROM THE INSIDE” OF WHICH SHE IS A PART OF THAT!

Daniel N. Rolph, PhD
Daniel N. Rolph, PhD
3 months ago

Paul:
Great article about Pelosi!
The only “deranged” person is Nancy P., herself!!!
She is so ‘mental’ that she thinks Pres. Trump would actually release nuclear weaponry?
If so, then the first bomb needs to be dropped onto Pelosi’s ‘ice-cream freezer,’ which she probably uses as a ‘bomb shelter.’
While everyone outside would be dying from the radiation, Nancy would be inside it ‘filling her face’ with expensive ice-cream!!!
We all actually know why her & ‘Chucky’ Schumer want Trump ‘impeached’ and/or have the ‘25th Amendment’ declared, simply so Pres. Trump could not run once again for public office!
That will happen, but only once the ‘Dems’ begin to ‘cannibalize’ each other for power, so that Kamala Harris can become President, by declaring Biden mentally incompetent because of his dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Daniel N. Rolph, PhD

Grampa Mullan
Grampa Mullan
3 months ago

so quickly they condemn all republicans as right wing extremists that promoted the violence in the capatal. yet not one peep when the left wing democrats encouraged the peaceful demonstrators burning and looting several cities. where was the call for prosecution? even funding to provide bail was done by our future VP. no words to condemn this action came from our media. Take note America they think us stupid and willing to believe all they shove at us. they think themselves now in power with more demands and revenge on a president that has been responsible for the largest prosperity in American history. you think you have won. I, we wont stand for enslaving America.———–Grampa

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
3 months ago

Sigh, my comment was rejected again.


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