Above and beyond the many issues in the 2016 presidential election in the U.S., which now appears all but certain to be between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, with the possible entry of a third party candidate, the most critical question is whether the American people will vote into office a man whose ill-suited temperament has been displayed troughout the campaign, and entrust him with the nuclear codes which will allow the use of nuclear weapons.
One has only to reflect deeply on the possibility of a nuclear showdown between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump for this critical issue to come sharply into focus.
Would Trump and Putin be capable of the carefully modulated decision making and restraint demonstrated by John F. Kennedy and Nikita Krushev during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October, 1962, when the two nuclear superpowers came perilously close–much closer than is widely appreciated–to unleasing a nuclear war?
There are many facts and issues that make Donald Trump utterly unsuited for the office of President of the United States.
“The ugly face of America: Donald Trump and his supporters,” The Trenchant Observer, March 6, 2016.
“After Romney’s anti-Trump speech on March 3, alarm spreads over Trump candidacy and potential presidency,” The Trenchant Observer, March 7, 2016.
Moreover, it is worth reflecting a little on history.
Recalling the attacks on September 11, 2001, one has to consider the potential impact on the politics and political system of the United States of a cataclysmic terrorist event in which many thousands of people died. However much we might hope that such an event will never occur, it is not beyond the realm of possibility. How might Trump react to such an event?
If elected, Trump would command not only the nuclear arsenal and the armed forces of the United States, but also the national security apparatus, including the National Security Agency and the CIA.
What he might do with such powers is unknown, and essentially unknowable.
The Trenchant Observer