Dear Commons Community,
This is a disheartening week for news given the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, bracing for Hurricane Irma, and the cruel rescinding of the DACA policy. To add to this is the concern that North Korea has developed a nuclear device similar to a hydrogen bomb. Yesterday, Stephen Moore, a former Trump adviser and now an analyst for CNN, went on a rant on a morning broadcast about what a “lunatic” and “maniac” North Korean President Kim Jong-un was and the danger he poses given his access to weapons of mass destruction. I agree but we have a similar problem here in the United States.
It was two weeks ago on August 23rd that James Clapper, Jr., former director of national intelligence, questioned President Trump’s fitness for office following a freewheeling speech in Phoenix, which Clapper labeled “downright scary and disturbing.”
“I really question his ability to be — his fitness to be — in this office,” Clapper told CNN’s Don Lemon. “I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it — maybe he is looking for a way out.”
Clapper said watching Trump’s speech, he worried about the president’s access to nuclear codes.
“In a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there’s actually very little to stop him,” Clapper said, referencing North Korea’s leader. “The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there’s very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary.”
Clapper joined a growing chorus of alarm over Trump’s erratic behaviour. The Republican chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, Bob Corker, said last week that Trump “has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful”.
Well this is scary because now we have two national leaders who are being labeled as lunatics, unstable, or unfit to serve in office, who have access to nuclear weapons.
It is fair to say that Trump’s access is as problematic as Kim Jong Un’s.