When the Orange Monster (OM) takes office, he’s going to have a LOT of responsibilities. Probably more than he realizes. (After all, he’s mostly a snake oil salesman whose talents are pretty much limited to negotiations related to putting his name on buildings and buying up real estate … so he can add his name to more places. Oh, and figuring out ways to avoid paying taxes.)
One of his biggest responsibilities is related to U.S. National Security. As his campaign rhetoric has illustrated, tRump knows little to nothing in this area. What makes this especially frightening is that in his role as POTUS, he will have almost unlimited powers over the military and, even more frightening, contingency plans to use nuclear weapons.
According to this article by Bob Woodward, the OM will soon begin receiving briefings on U.S. intelligence capabilities and the most sensitive top-secret operations. (I can’t help but wonder if he’ll be able to restrain himself from sharing them on Twitter.)
In addition, he will learn about the covert actions undertaken by the CIA, which include “broad authorities to conduct lethal counter-terrorism operations in dozens of countries.”
He will also be given a briefing on nuclear-war plans and options.
Sidenote: Something I did not know, but is pointed out in Woodward’s article is that the president “can select nuclear strike packages against three categories — military targets, war-supporting or economic targets and leadership targets.”
For me, one of the scariest parts of the article was when Woodward wrote: “A president might have to make a decision in a matter of minutes with little or no time to consult the secretary of defense, military leaders or the National Security Council.” (emphasis added) Can you imagine this scenario considering the (oft displayed) temperament of the OM?
A sobering comment was made by Obama in 2008 after one of his briefings:
“I’m inheriting a world that could blow up any minute in half a dozen ways, and I will have some powerful but limited and perhaps even dubious tools to keep it from happening.”
In a related article, the writer commented “[T]he broad array of international challenges now facing Donald Trump is among the most daunting and dangerous in modern U.S. history.”
And to think this nation elected him as POTUS. May the gods help us.