Predictably, the media have depicted this exceedingly minor event as if it were evidence that President Trump’s fitness for command of U.S nuclear forces is being called into question. At a conference in Canada, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), Air Force General John Hyten, took a question on the possibility of being given a nuclear order that he thought was illegal. His questioner asked what he would do in that case.
Hyten’s answer was straight out of the book, and one that he would give about any president.
“We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?”
“I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Hyten said. “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