My thoughts on the nuclear weapons aspect of the transition from President Trump to President Biden, from Inside Story.
President Trump's unhinged behaviour, especially on January 6th, prompted concern about, and a flurry of interest in, how the so-called 'nuclear button' works. Here are some of the expert articles used in the media:
* Amy Woolf, for the Congressional Research Service, 2020, Defense Primer: Command and Control of Nuclear Forces.
* William Perry, Politico, 2021, Trump Still Has His Finger on the Nuclear Button. This Must Change.
* Jeffrey Lewis & Bruno Tertrais, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 2019, The Finger on the Button: The Authority to Use Nuclear Weapons in Nuclear-Armed States.
The assassination of leading Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh generated considerable speculation. Here's some of the better informed and/or more considered examples:
Something to take your mind off the COVID disaster... A gloomy article by Paul Sonne, in The Washington Post.
Scores of former Republican national security officials attack President Trump in this 10-point article.
Article by Marianne Hanson, dealing with an issue which could escalate into something far worse than COVID-19. Biden might be yesterday's man, but I reckon he'd do a better job than the Charlatan-in-Chief.