Do 36 Democratic House members calling for President Joe Biden to relinquish sole authority over the nuclear code know something we don’t know?
Not in the slightest!
The idea of a man who couldn’t remember what state he is in (figuratively and literally), who refused to take a cognitive test so normative most sixth-graders could pass it, who plagiarized in law school but still graduated at the bottom of his class (it wasn’t Harvard), who was the only person in the room who voted against assassinating Osama Bin Laden, who makes so many gaffes nobody even notices anymore (certainly not the press), making such an epochal decision by himself is, well, mortifying (check the derivation of that word).
Maybe he could call a “lid” on nuclear war, give himself some time…
And this is all without bringing up the unfortunate remark from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s memoir that Biden never got anything right on foreign policy during his entire career.
So maybe those House members have a point. It’s time to let those nukes loose by committee, be democratic, as it were, with a small d, or, in their cases, a capital one, as in Democratic.
The problem is, however, who should be on this committee? Who in today’s Democratic Party would you trust with the nuclear code?
The governors of their two most populous states—Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom—assuming they haven’t been recalled for claims ranging from sexual assault to murdering senior citizens in retirement homes?
Adam Schiff? Jerrold Nadler?
And considering that “diversity” is such a religion for the Democrats, at least one of Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would have to get a vote. (Be still, Benjamin Netanyahu! Your country’s expendable.)
Further, they would have to have someone from the military, someone who knows what’s what. Where is Gen. Buck Turgidson from “Dr. Strangelove” when we need him?
“BUCK: [on phone from War Room] Well, look, baby, I can’t, can’t talk to you now, but … My president needs me. Of course Bucky would rather be there with you. Of course it isn’t only physical. I deeply respect you as a human being. Someday I’m gonna make you Mrs. Buck Turgidson. Listen, you go back to sleep. Bucky’ll be back there just as soon as he can. All right? Listen, sug’, don’t forget to say your prayers.”
You get the picture. In modern parlance, the optics aren’t great.
But no matter. As we all know, former President Donald Trump had the nuclear code by himself and he’s worse, much worse.
Oh, wait. Trump was the first president in memory who didn’t get us into a war.
Not funny, huh?
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin may be having a laugh at our country now, but we shouldn’t.
So what do we do?
We need to get our proverbial ducks in order or we will soon be dead ducks, nuclear or otherwise.
Toward that end, I will be attending CPAC to write my commentary on the doings while standing with that man who may have been deprived of (more likely was) the presidency in 2020.
If he gets reelected in 2024, I won’t mind at all that he has the nuclear code—by himself.
(PERSONAL NOTE: If you’re at CPAC and read these columns, come up and say hello. I’d be delighted to meet you.)
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on Parler as @rogerlsimon.
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