Military Commander Says He Would Resist Nuclear Orders From Trump

Top US General says he would allow North Korea to nuke America

A top U.S. commander says he would ignore and resist President Trump if he ordered a nuclear attack against another country.

Democratic supporting Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he would ignore his commander-in-chief if he felt the orders were unlawful.

CBS News reports: “I think some people think we’re stupid,” Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario. “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 was responding to a question about testimony by former STRATCOM commander retired Gen. Robert Kehler before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this week. Kehler said that nuclear operators would refuse to implement an unlawful order. Hyten agreed, and argued that the process in place to launch a nuclear strike would prevent such a situation from arising in the first place. As head of STRATCOM, Hyten is responsible for overseeing the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Hyten added. “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, with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”

Hyten said he has been trained every year for decades in the law of armed conflict, which takes into account specific factors to determine legality — necessity, distinction, proportionality, unnecessary suffering and more. Running through scenarios of how to react in the event of an illegal order is standard practice, he said.

“If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life,” Hyten said.

Hyten’s comments come against the backdrop of continued tension with North Korea. In the past, the president has pledged to unleash “fire and fury” and to “totally destroy” North Korea if necessary. Hyten’s comments also come as Congress is re-examining the authorization of the use of military force and power to launch a nuclear strike.

Hyten said the U.S. military is always ready to respond to the threat of North Korea, even at that very moment.

“And we are ready every minute of every day to respond to any event that comes out of North Korea. That’s the element of deterrence that has to be clear, and it is clear,” Hyten said.

But Hyten also said handling North Korea and its unpredictable leader Kim Jong Un has to be an international effort. Mr. Trump has continued to put pressure on China to help manage its tempestuous neighbor.

“President Trump by himself can’t change the behavior of Kim Jong Un,” Hyten said. “But President Trump can create the conditions that the international community can reach out in different ways where we can work with the Republic of Korea, where we can work with our neighbors in the region.”

  • Robdon07

    What a clickbait bs title.

  • eingriff

    Time to retire.

  • william couch

    If the situation arose itself and he did that,,,,,,, He would be relieved of command and Court marshaled!! Then fired……. No pension!!

    • Doris Will

      Talk about giving aid and comfort to the enemy. What ever happened to loose lips sink ships? Why do these Liberals have to gather an audience and spew things, that should not be mentioned publicly, to impress people?
      First we have Obama drawing red lines, and doing nothing! The he announces the date we are going to pull out our troops. This idiot should be relieved of command NOW! court-martialed NOW! and tried for treason.

      • william couch

        Agreed! Look @ the pic,,,,,,,,,,, isn’t that the look of a !! LIBRATURD !! Just oooozzzzzzzing with IQ!!

        • Doris Will

          The picture reminded me of Alfred E. Newman on Mad Magazine “What Me Worry” I think he should be fired publicly. That’s the only way to show the WORLD that the
          President is in charge, and no General can disobey an order from The Commander in Chief. This man should be Court Martailed immediately to take care of the damage this idiot
          has caused. Imagine if one of Un’s generals said that!

    • Mollie Norris

      And he knows that.
      The big question is how many days will it take for bogus pedophilia or sexual harassment allegations to justify his replacement.

      • william couch

        !!Trolling for an argument,, are we!! 2 months ago.. barry the closet homo fired all of the admirals, generals because they wouldn’t fire on american citizens.. The yes/kissy kissy military trash are left to their devices!!

  • johnleehooker

    This fool is acknowledging his intent to commit TREASON for shtsakes. Remove him and then, if possible, try him and, if guilty at least life in prison if not execution.

  • ghflash

    His oath states that he “WILL obey the orders of those appointed over me”! Time to retire of relieve this officer with this illegal viewpoint. You DO NOT question the Commander in Chief when you receive an order…..period!