A top US Navy Admiral has said that he’d go ahead and fire nuclear weapons at China if he received orders to that effect from the US President.
US Navy Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift was answering a hypothetical question from a rather mischievous reporter while speaking at Australian National University in Canberra. The Admiral followed up his answer with a broader message:
“Every member of the US military has sworn an oath to defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic and to obey the officers and the president of the United States as commander and chief appointed over us.”
He also added: “This is core to the American democracy and any time you have a military that is moving away from a focus and an allegiance to civilian control, then we really have a significant problem”
Later on a US Pacific Comman spokesperson clarified as to what really led the conversion to veer in this direction:
The premise of the question was ridiculous.
"The admiral was not addressing the premise of the question, he was addressing the principle of civilian authority of the military," he said.
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