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What Is Going on? House Dems Demand That Biden Surrenders Control of Nuclear Arsenal

They want to take a committee approach going forward. Politico has more about this developing story. “Nearly three dozen House Democrats on Monday called on Biden to relinquish his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons, in the latest appeal to reform the command-and-control structure so that no single person can initiate a nuclear war.

“…Vesting one person with this authority entails real risks,” states the letter spearheaded by Rep. Jimmy Panetta of California. “Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment.“

“While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so,” the letter adds. “The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war. Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes.”

We knew all of this already, though. So what is so funny about this decision? As it turns out, Biden is no longer able to be trusted with these types of decisions. They think that he is mentally compromised. The letter does not get into this aspect of the decision but they are sure to throw lots and lots of shade at President Trump.

The reference to “past presidents” is easy to see through and they are clearly worried about someone taking it upon themselves to start a war. We are not sure that Biden is the guy to worry about in this regard. If anyone was going to do such a thing, they have already left the White House. Biden’s more in danger of falling asleep during a press conference than anything else.

In addition to taking jabs at Trump, the letter also mentions the mental decline that Richard Nixon started to experience during the final stages of his presidency. Nancy Pelosi also demanded to strip Trump of his access to the nation’s nuclear arsenal after the Capitol riots but we all know that this was little more than a publicity stunt.

We can understand why the Democrats will want to nip certain problems in the bud. It never hurts to be proactive instead of reactive. There are huge consequences associated with leaving a military stockpile in the hands of one person and maybe it is time that America took a more diversified approach in these instances.

No government should wait for problems to arise before deciding to act. A president that may not have any mental deficiencies today may not be as stable tomorrow. There should be a sizable amount of consensus around this decision and right now, we are not set up that way. Congress should not even need to ask about this choice, though.

They do not have to ask the president for permission to pass laws. That’s why the Democrats are trying to get out in front of this. A president that is likely to start a war on their own is not going to agree to this type of resolution easily. Biden seems like the type of president who is more willing to go with the flow, so we could see him being all right with this.

Congress is allowing themselves to become flabby and long in the tooth. They are supposed to serve as the checks and balances for the executive branch. If they are going to regain control and avoid any future issues, they need to make decisive choices now. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to get started.