## [Link, Politics] Sanity Check For Nuclear Launch

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:44:38 -0300

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Fisher_(academic)#Preventing_nuclear_war

My suggestion was quite simple: Put that needed code number in a
little capsule, and then implant that capsule right next to the
heart of a volunteer. The volunteer would carry with him a big,
heavy butcher knife as he accompanied the President. If ever the
President wanted to fire nuclear weapons, the only way he could do
so would be for him first, with his own hands, to kill one human
being. The President says, “George, I’m sorry but tens of millions
must die.” He has to look at someone and realize what death is—what
an innocent death is. Blood on the White House carpet. It’s reality
brought home.

When I suggested this to friends in the Pentagon they said, “My God,
that’s terrible. Having to kill someone would distort the
President’s judgment. He might never push the button.“

Andrew