The real question being increasingly asked is; are we the stupid ones now?
People worry about an unstable Trump taking it into his deranged head to order an attack on a country that displeased him overnight and that there is nothing we could do to stop him.
Do we really really want that?
People think a lot about individual insanity.
But what about social insanity?
What about the risk of a whole nation being destroyed because its leader is allowed unchecked power?
That truly is insane – even if you can’t find it in the textbooks.
It allows no elbow room – no flexibility – no room for error.
There was a 60 Minutes report about a Russian lieutenant colonel named Stanislav Petrov – who just died at 77 in May – who in 1983 called off a Soviet missile launch against the United States at the last moment – because he determined that what everybody else on duty in their defense command thought was a Minuteman missile launched on Russia was a false alarm.
As they noted in that report Petrov may have saved the world.
How often can we count on a Petrov showing up?
Partisan politics has absolutely nothing to do with this terrible threat.
A united Congress could change the law in an afternoon if it wanted to.