Re­tired gen­eral says Air Force must fol­low mil­i­tary le­gal prin­ci­ples

Tulsa World - - 11.15.2017 -

WASHINGTON — A re­tired Air Force gen­eral told the Se­nate on Tues­day that an or­der from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump or any of his suc­ces­sors to launch nu­clear weapons can be re­fused by the top of­fi­cer at U.S. Strate­gic Com­mand if that or­der is de­ter­mined to be il­le­gal.

Dur­ing tes­ti­mony be­fore the For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, re­tired Gen. Robert Kehler said the U.S. armed forces are ob­li­gated to fol­low le­gal or­ders, not il­le­gal ones. Kehler, who served as the head of Strate­gic Com­mand from Jan­uary 2011 to Novem­ber 2013, said the le­gal prin­ci­ples of mil­i­tary ne­ces­sity, dis­tinc­tion and pro­por­tion­al­ity also ap­ply to de­ci­sions about nu­clear weapons use. The com­mand would con­trol nu­clear forces in a war.

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