Donald Trump has been scaring the crap out of everyone with his extremely irresponsible threats about confronting North Korea with “fire and fury”.
The top US nuclear commander has said that if President Trump ordered a nuclear attack that he disagreed with he would refuse.
Air Force General John Hyten on Saturday told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia that he’s thought a lot about what he will do if Trump orders a strike he considers illegal.
‘I think some people think we’re stupid,’ Hyten said, responding to a question about the scenario, according to CBS News. He is the commander of the US Strategic Command, or STRATCOM.
‘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 said though that if the ‘illegal’ command did come, they would go through a process to find a better solution.
R’I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,’ Hyten explained.
But, he said, if the command was ‘illegal’ he would tell him so, and said that together they would come up with other options.
‘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,’ he explained.
‘It’s not that complicated.’
Hyten has trained every year for multiple decades on the law of armed conflict, he told the audience.
The law of armed conflict takes into account certain factors to determine if attacks are legal, including necessity, distinction, proportionality, and unnecessary suffering, among others.
He said that thinking about how to respond in the event of an illegal order is standard, and that he wouldn’t execute an unlawful order because of the consequences.
‘If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life,’ he explained.
These comments come following Trump’s most recent flagrant comments about North Korea.
On November 11, Trump tweeted: ‘Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try to hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!’
The comment was received poorly by the North Korean leader, who later announced that Trump deserved the death penalty for such remarks.
Trump has also, on numerous occasions, pledged to unleash ‘fire and fury’ and to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if he deems fit.