Trump can launch nuclear weapons whenever he wants — with or without Mattis. URGE CONGRESS TO FIX THAT!!!!

Washington DC’s foreign policy establishment is upset that Trump’s Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis resigned.  Those folks felt that Mattis was the only “adult” restraining Trump from reckless actions against other nations, such as launching nuclear weapons in a “first-strike.”

This article by experts Bruce Blair and Jon Wolfsthal says that no Secretary of Defense can stop an impulsive President:

James “Mad Dog” Mattis is an EXTREME HAWK who has said that he enjoys killing people in war. He is the kind of extremist that Trump kept appointing to powerful positions. Yet this war-hungry extremist was considered the only “adult” in Trump’s regime.

But – as this article points out – the President has ABSOLUTE POWER to start a nuclear war with no accountability, no double-check on his emotional outbursts and impulsiveness. It says, “The secretary of defense has no legal position in the nuclear chain of command …. With or without Mattis, the president has unchecked and complete authority to launch nuclear weapons based on his sole discretion.”

Now is the time for Congress to pass legislation PREVENTING any president from launching a first nuclear strike. Legislation was introduced in 2017, but Congress has been failing to support it:

• Please urge your U.S. House members to support H.R. 669 and vigorously seek more co-sponsors. (Surprisingly, local peace organizers have convinced Representative Denny Heck to co-sponsor it. But he needs to promote it vigorously.) Call his Lacey office at (360) 459-8514 or his Washington DC office at (202) 225-9740. E-mail him through

• Please urge your U.S. Senators to support S. 200 and vigorously seek more co-sponsors. Peace organizers have been urging Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to do that, but they have failed. They need much more pressure from voters!

Senator Patty Murray: (206) 553-5545 in Seattle or (202) 224-2621 in Washington DC
E-mail her through

Senator Maria Cantwell: (206) 220-6400 in Seattle or (202) 224-3441 in Washington DC
E-mail her through

This is serious! Trump is putting the whole world’s life in serious danger!

To work with other people, contact our statewide coalition, Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (206) 547-2630

Here is the article with additional information that the American people really must know:

Here is a related article (from Dec. 1, 2016) explaining that our nuclear weapons launching system was DELIBERATELY DESIGNED so that NOBODY CAN STOP a president from launching nuclear weapons:




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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093