Senator Bob Corker said that Trump was leading us to World War III. The resulting Twitter war seems to have diverted our attention to “little Bob Corker” and Trump’s insatiable ego. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Mother Jones asks if anyone can stop Trump from launching nuclear missiles:

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made a stunning statement: “I really question his ability to be – his fitness to be in this office.” Clapper, who is generally measured and nonpartisan, then said he was worried about Trump’s control of the US nuclear arsenal. “[If] in a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there’s actually very little to stop him,” he said. “The whole [nuclear weapons] 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.”
[…]
“Only the president can authorize the use of nuclear weapons” is essentially the only reply officials ever give to any questions about nuclear controls.

I understand giving the president the sole authority to launch nuclear weapons if we were attacked. That’s probably not the best time for a big meeting.

It is an entirely different scenario for our president to launch a preemptive nuclear attack without consulting anyone in the government. I have written to my senators to suggest that Congress could pass legislation that required the president to consult (name your consultation board) before launching a preemptive strike. I think that would lessen the possibility of Trump starting WWIII. Hopefully Senator Corker could convince a few of his Republican colleagues to vote yes to prevent WWIII.

I would feel a whole lot safer if Trump could not start WWIII on his own. Our country’s citizens and the people of the world should not have to worry about this one madman.

+++++

Credit: Adobe Stock Images. Standard License.