Dems 'toying with something they don't understand'

Friday, February 26, 2021
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nuclear explosionAn author, national defense analyst, and Pentagon advisor finds it disconcerting that members of Joe Biden's own party don't trust him to handle the nation's nuclear codes.

Nearly three dozen Democratic members of Congress recently sent a letter asking Joe Biden to renounce his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons.

"While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so," the letter states, then asks Biden to "consider modifying the decision-making process the United States uses in its command and control of nuclear forces." Some of the suggestions offered are to require signoff from the Vice President and Speaker of the House, or the Attorney General and Secretary of Defense.


"It's hard to know what [Democrats'] intentions are in [doing this] – whether they are concerned about Joe Biden as a person, or whether they're concerned about the presidency [in general] having that authority. In a lot of ways, if it's against the presidency then it's a lot more sinister [than if it's just aimed at Biden]. That's trying to reduce the power, the nuclear capability, of the United States of America."

"[It does bring up] legitimate questions [about Biden's mental capacity]. When you look at the 25th Amendment and when it was brought up during Trump's time, but not being able to use it in the waning time of his term – [one wonders] who was all of that discussion intended for?"

Jeff Crank
Conservative radio talk-show host

"If the president's own party doesn't have any faith and trust in his competence, then the Chinese, Russians, and others will test us, and we will come up short," responds Bob Maginnis, senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council (FRC). "This is very, very serious. It's certainly the most outlandish thing that has come out of the Democrat Party in the last year, and perhaps much longer."

Maginnis says the Democrats do not seem to understand that the release of nuclear weapons affects everyone in the world.

"This is frightening because … if those codes are released, things happen, and they happen quickly," he tells One News Now, adding that he cannot go into detail about how he understands the severity of that fact. "It's not something to toy with, and yet that's exactly what the Democrats are doing. They're toying with something they really don't understand."


By publicizing this letter, the defense analyst says Democrats are telling the world just how confident they are in Biden's ability to handle the responsibility. 

Maginnis wonders if they would prefer that authority be in the hands of the Secretary of Defense or some committee.

"If you give it to a committee, are you going to give the veto power to all members of the committee? And therefore in a time of great crisis, we wouldn't be able to release to defend ourselves," he poses.

Editor's note: Comments by Jeff Crank added after story originally posted.

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