The new Woodward and Costa book shows why no president should have “sole authority” to start a nuclear war

Posted: 24th September 2021

According to Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book Peril, in the aftermath of the January 6 insurrection, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley, fearing what a president he deemed unstable might do, told military officers he was to be included in the nuclear launch process. If true, Milley took an extraordinary step that undermines the long held civilian-military division of nuclear responsibility. That’s a big deal.

But conversations on whether or not he should be removed, and arguments over whether or not he is in the nuclear chain of command, distract from the critical point: The US nuclear process is long overdue for change. The problem is not with any one person or individual action, it’s with the entire system.

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