If ordered by his Commander in Chief to launch nukes at China next week, the US Pacific Fleet Commander said that he would not hesitate to comply with those orders.
Admiral Scott Swift gave this expected but ominous answer to a hypothetical question posed to him by an academic at a security conference at the Australian National University on Thursday.
The question comes as concerns continue to grow regarding US President Donald Trump’s sanity and the US military’s trust in it. During a regular early morning tweetstorm yesterday, Pentagon officials reportedly started to become “worried” that Trump was about to declare war on North Korea over Twitter as he started to mention the military, waiting nine long minutes before Trump tweeted again to announce a ban on transgender people serving in the military for reasons that can only be described as total bullshit.
In his answer, Swift warned against the military ever shifting its allegiance away from its commander in chief. After replying that “yes,” he would nuke China if ordered, he continued:
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.
This is core to the American democracy and any time you have a military that is moving away from a focus and an allegiance to civilian control, then we really have a significant problem.
So, this goes to show why you shouldn’t answer hypotheticals. Though, we can’t help but wonder why China was the first target that came to mind for the Australian academic.
The US and Australia just participated in joint military exercises off the Australian coast which were closely monitored by a PLA Navy ship within Australia’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Recently, tensions between Australia and China have been escalating with a war of words breaking out between the two countries’ media.
Meanwhile, nuclear war between the US and China appears unlikely to happen next week. However, last year, Steve Bannon, Trump’s ghoulish chief strategist, said on a radio show that he had “no doubt” that war was coming soon between the two countries over the South China Sea.
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