Credit snarky website Ihatethemedia.com with catching this story. It seems that a certain Senator is demonstrating a knowledge of the Constitution that is inappreciably less compete than that normally demonstrated by an average 3rd grader anywhere in America. (Note: You can see other examples of this in a great story here)
Although that lack of understanding is extremely troubling when demonstrated by those who should most certainly know better, it’s far from the most troubling aspect of this particular story
Ted Lieu is in the habit of saying ludicrous things, but for the most part his lack of acuity is harmless and is just typical of the type of pandering that most Liberal politicians sense is necessary to placate their respective bases. Lieu is apparently inclined to believe that the more he expresses his disdain for the President, the better his chances for reelection in the liberal wonderland that he represents.
But every so often Lieu goes beyond what is the equivalent of making “Yo Mama” jokes about Trump and suggests something truly bizarre and potentially very dangerous.
Some past examples of this would include the rather Liberal Congressman’s tweets suggesting that he was a member of “Deep State”
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 6, 2017
And we can no doubt all agree that proclaiming himself a member of the Resistance wasn’t exactly his most illustrious move
I just became a monthly donor to @ACLU. Because the RESISTANCE to any unconstitutional crazy shit from President Trump begins now.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 14, 2016
But perhaps this latest tweet from the Trump obsessed Congressman is by far the worst, in it he risks putting our entire country at risk of nuclear annihilation
You can hope our military disobeys a nuclear launch order from @realDonaldTrump if it's illegal. Or you can make sure by getting legislation by Sen @EdMarkey & me passed. Our bill, HR 669, requires @POTUS to get congressional authorization before launching a nuclear 1st strike. https://t.co/vqrfrLPNfO
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 19, 2017
Lieu’s active duty military career consisted of four years in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps (read lawyer). It is readily apparent that the Congressman never hung around the Officer’s Club with actual pilots who flew actual planes and had an understanding of how nuclear war is actually waged, or this tweet and HR 669 would never have seen the light of day.
Is Lieu seriously proposing that a congress that cannot even be relied upon to agree on a new name for a post office building in less than a week be included in the authorization process for a nuclear strike?
Best guesses as to the time it would take for a nuclear missile to travel from Russia to the United States is twenty moments, estimates from China or North Korea are more difficult to ascertain due to the lack of information as to the actual nuclear capabilities of both nations. It’s worth noting that the twenty moment estimate is if the missile is launched from the Russian mainland and does not take into account missiles launch from submarines or other mobile platforms, which would no doubt take considerably less than 20 moments.
Odds are really good that Congressman Lieu takes longer than twenty moments to order lunch. No doubt it took him quite awhile to come up with HR 669 and it’s evident that he didn’t spend a great deal of time theorizing over the possible ramifications of that. Is he really the go to guy for nuclear strike authorization?
Sure Lieu’s proposal is intended to address 1st strike release of nuclear weapons, but under what circumstances does he imagine that would possibly take place? Considering the likely world turmoil that would be occurring if the use of nuclear weapons became a serious consideration, adding congress to the authorization is just plain ludicrous.
Of course Lieu is your typical Liberal politician, this is all theater and bad theater at that. He has had nothing to say regarding revelations that the Obama administration spied upon the Trump campaign (something that Lieu ridiculed President Trump for claiming) or recent news confirming that the Obama administration used the IRS as a political weapon, or the fact that team Obama was guilty of painting and maintaining a false narrative of a defeated Al Qaeda (at the cost of American lives) just to secure a second term.
No Congressman Lieu’s is a typical Congressman and the worst kind of politician. Sadly he is far from being the only one of his ilk. All the more reason that he and those like him shouldn’t be trusted with fireworks, let alone nuclear weapons.