When this gotcha question was being asked, every member of the armed forces, past and present, groaned. We all knew instantly that this was a question that could be spun into a negative headline against President Donald Trump. It falls right in there with the question: Do you still beat your wife? If you say no, then they can infer that you used to beat your wife. It’s a trick question. Here, the headline indicates insubordination to an undeserving President. Not True.
Air Force General John Hyten, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, said that he would not follow an illegal order, he was being true to his oath of office as well as his military training. No one in the military is obligated to follow an illegal order.
Military courts have long held that military members are accountable for their actions even while following orders — if the order was illegal. Most civilians do not know this and see the story as being that the military does not respect the Commander in Chief, Donald Trump.
As Written By Kelly Cohen for the Washington Examiner:
The top U.S. nuclear commander said he would decline President Trump if he ordered an “illegal” nuclear launch.
Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, made the remarks to an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday.
Hyten was asked if he has given a lot of thought to what he would say if Trump ordered a nuclear strike, especially if he considers it unlawful.
“I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?” Hyten said in response.
Hyten oversees the U.S. nuclear arsenal as head of STRATCOM.
“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Hyten explained. “And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ ………
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