The latest revelations via Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” and the anonymous New York Times op-ed that plumbs the depths of the chaos at the Trump White House should give everyone pause. Many voted against Trump solely on the basis that he was unfit to be commander-in-chief and unfit to be the holder of the nuclear launch codes.
The Times op-ed stated that we’re being protected by “the adults in the room.” Really? I don't find much solace.
Consider Kubrick’s 1964 Cold War black comedy, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Trump is Gen. Jack D. Ripper incarnate. Are there enough adults watching Trump 24 hours a day? Could he press the button in the middle of the night? The doomsday clock is ticking. I wonder, will it be our madman who ends it all?
This has happened before. Henry Kissinger notified top military officials to disregard any launch directives during the height of Watergate. He was anticipating a final act of spite and desperation. That gives new meaning to “not having Nixon to kick around anymore.” The entire world could have been incinerated on his childish whim.
Unfortunately, we have a doubly impetuous child in the White House today. Perhaps, when cooler heads prevail, and if we survive this national crisis relatively unscathed, then it will spark a discussion about whether it is a good idea to place that kind of power in the hands of single individual. Will life end on the Earth because of “disrespect for our king"? A Twitter fight literally gone nuclear? Who knows? That’s the real “fear” we’re facing.
Douglas D. Mayne, Salt Lake City