Apparently, there is such a thing as a ‘legal’ nuclear strike: Daily Bullshit, November 19, 2017

North Korea

On the possibility that Donald Trump might order an ‘illegal’ nuclear strike (currently thought most likely against North Korea), Air Force General John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, explains that “We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot.” And the product of all this deep thinking? “You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”[1] (Apparently, he undergoes annual training in the “the law of armed conflict,” which exists to rationalize inherently criminal acts.) The CBS News story[2] is the original here.

Jacqueline Thomsen, “Top nuclear commander: I wouldn’t carry out an ‘illegal’ nuclear strike order from Trump,” Hill, November 18, 2017, http://thehill.com/policy/defense/361033-top-nuclear-commander-i-wouldnt-carry-out-an-illegal-nuclear-strike-order-from

Kathryn Watson, “Top general says he would resist “illegal” nuke order from Trump,” CBS News, November 18, 2017, https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/u-s-strategic-command-gen-john-hyten-resist-illegal-nuke-order-from-trump/


Zimbabwe

The Wall Street Journal seems unduly gleeful about Mugabe’s departure. This just looks like a handover of power between a tyrant and his enablers.

Gabriele Steinhauser and Bernard Mpofu, “Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Says Nothing of Resigning, Defying Expectations,” Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/zimbabwes-ruling-party-holds-talks-on-mugabes-future-1511088476


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