For a Nation Increasingly Anti-War, Rash Speech by the Chief of the US Pacific Fleet is Frightening


If there is a single fact that is of importance to all of the people of the world, it is that a nuclear war in unwinnable and would destroy life as we know it on this planet. When a high ranking member of our nation’s military appears eager to engage in the unthinkable, I become very nervous.

America has an illegitimate president who cannot control his temper; and he has the nuclear football a few feet away from him at all times. So, when Commander of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift responded to a question on whether he would initiate a nuclear strike against China at President Donald Trump’s orders “next week,”the admiral bluntly said: The answer would be: Yes.”

Frightened yet?

Several psychiatric organizations have declared Trump mentally incompetent. He shows not only signs of an over-inflated ego, his extremely weak temperament offers signs of schizophrenia. I do not, you should not, and our military must not trust Trump with the nuclear trigger.

Swift, who has led the Pacific Fleet since 2015, explained: Every member of the US military has sworn an oath to defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and to obey the officers and the president of the United States as commander and chief appointed over us.”

I understand; I was in the military. But I would consider the ramifications of launching a nuclear attack against anyone. I feel an obligation to all the innocent people of the world.

Could you be the one person who presses that button which will guarantee the loss of life for millions of people? A nuclear war would not be ‘localized.’ The repercussions of a single nuclear strike would become total devastation.

And knowing that the man who ordered this attack is mentally unstable and unqualified to lead our nation, I would consider disobeying that order.

The United States joined the world stage only 241 years ago. During that short time we have proven to be the most warlike country in the world. If you’re like me, you’re fed up with the men who govern our country and are quick to send husbands, fathers, sisters, mothers, brothers, sons, and daughters to war. I grew up with the Korean War in full engagement. My friends fought in Vietnam. My nephew was deployed to Iraq. A son of my close friend was in Afghanistan. I continue to have only one question; why were we involved in those wars. Our nation; our people lost a great deal and it was all for nothing.

Korea remains divided; North Korea is one of the most dangerous nations in the world. Vietnam remains under communist control. By destabilizing the region, we created ISIS; and Iraq is in a civil war. We remain in Afghanistan and have no plan to bring all of our military home. America loves war, but is not very good at it.

I cannot, and do not want to imagine a nuclear war. I just hope that Donald Trump cannot either.

Please re-post; thank you.

Op-ed by James Turnage


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