In a story that many in the mainstream media have seemingly ignored over the past 48 hours or so, there’s currently a concerted effort by House Democrats to take away the nuclear “football” away from President Joe Biden, arguing that the kind of power it holds should not be entrusted to just one individual.
According to Newsmax, the idea of stripping the nuclear football from Biden sounds good on the surface, but Republican Sen. Mike Lee called the move “weird,” and listed off a number of reasons why it’s nothing less than a really bad idea.
“The fact is, the president is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces,” he said during “Fox and Friends” on Thursday.
“This is why we subject presidents to a rigorous review process. They have to win the election. Once they won the election, you really do have to pick that horse and ride it and let the president be the commander in chief. It seems really weird to me that they want to take that away,” Lee added.
A letter, which was penned by Rep. Jimmy Panetta of California, a Democrat, stated that “vesting one person with this authority entails real risks. Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment.”
Panetta’s letter was backed by a staggering three dozen Democratic colleagues.
It definitely raises questions as to what’s really going on and why Biden’s own party would make the effort to change this long-standing protocol.
Are they finally starting to see — or admit — that Biden’s cognitive abilities are in rapid decline? Perhaps they don’t want a president with early-onset Dementia to have nuclear codes? Who knows. But no matter if you agree with their decision or not, Lee is right, it’s definitely a weird play.
Lee also questioned that if some way they were able to take the nuclear football away from Biden, then who would be in charge of it?
“Who are they going to give that to?” asked Lee. “A committee run by Congress? In addition to being wildly unconstitutional, this would be horrible policy. Remember what happens when you put a committee in charge of protecting the Capitol? That didn’t end so well, either.”
Solid point, senator.
Democrats expressed similar concerns about former President Donald Trump, but that was expected. They would have gone after him for choosing the wrong flavor of ice cream at a picnic.
But going after Biden is, well, bizarre, and I have a feeling there’s a lot more to this story than we might ever know.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org