Top US Nuclear Commander Would Disobey ‘illegal’ Trump Strike Order

John Hyten resist Trump nuke order

Air Force General John Hyten, who is a top US Nuclear Commander has said on Saturday in front of an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he would disobey President Trump in the eventuality the POTUS ordered an illegal strike order (nukes that is).

In response to a question from the press about such a scenario, John Hyten explained that he’d given a lot of thought with regard to what he’d say if the President would have given him such an order:

“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?”

“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do. And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I‘m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”
General John Hyten added:
“If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”
These comments are made at a time when the US Congress is looking into reexamining the authorization of the use of military force and power with regard to launching a nuclear strike. However, General Hyten’s views are not shared by all military leaders  Here’s Admiral Swift, who is the boss of the Pacific Fleet since 2015:

“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.”

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts has said earlier this week during a Congressional hearing that, let me quote:

[President Trump] “can launch nuclear codes just as easily as he can use his Twitter account.”