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Sun Jan 14, 2018, 03:07 AM

Trump White House has no plan in place for actual attack: report

President Donald Trump’s White House was caught completely unprepared for Saturday’s false alarm about a missile attack on Hawaii, said Politico. The news about the potential attack “sent White House aides scrambling” as they frantically called federal agencies trying to find out what to do and how to respond, raising serious questions about their preparedness for an actual attack — nearly a year into Trump’s presidency.

“President Donald Trump’s Cabinet has yet to test formal plans for how to respond to a domestic missile attack, according to a senior administration official,” wrote Politico’s Eliana Johnson. “John Kelly, while serving as Secretary of Homeland Security through last July, planned to conduct the exercise. But he left his post to become White House chief of staff before it was conducted, and acting secretary Elaine Duke never carried it out.”
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“The U.S. government hasn’t tested these plans in 30 years,” said the senior administration official to Politico. “All the fresh faces sitting around the table in the situation room have little idea what their roles would be in this scenario. The bottom line is that without a principals level exercise we shouldn’t have any confidence that the Cabinet would know what to do in an attack scenario.”

http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/hawaii-false-alarm-revealed-trump-white-house-has-no-plan-in-place-for-actual-attack-report/




Well, we can all sleep peacefully with Trump in charge, right? Trump insists on taunting Kim Jong Un in North Korea, daring him to push the button, and all the time the bunch of unqualified, incompetent morons he staffed his administration with is completely unprepared for a national emergency on the magnitude of a nuclear attack. Genius!

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Response to procon (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:28 AM

1. "It's 3 am" commercial from 2008



The reality:


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Response to LastLiberal in PalmSprings (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 11:09 AM

3. 30 years.

Trump. Obama. Bush II. Clinton. Bush I, as president. Now, it's said by a (R) newbie, most likely, but still that boils down to "Since end of Cold War (I)," which I find very plausible.

I think I rather assumed such drills continued. The USSR and the US weren't the only nuclear powers, and for a while there were discussions about rogue nukes, esp. originating in areas of the former USSR.

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Response to procon (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:01 AM

2. I wonder if the alert was made on purpose, by someone intent on graphically illustrating. . .

the dangers we face in a nuclear world lead by a hair-trigger ignoramus. Not saying, just asking, and inquiring from the depths of a large dark ignorance illuminated entirely by my paranoia and the hope that someone might do something to avert our course.


I was in Minot, in '73, during the Yom Kippur War when Kissinger took us to DefCon 3 because Nixon was drunk.

Very few of my friends and family outside the military knew anything about the ramp up to confrontation.

What I learned was simple, and quite eye opening:

"In the nuclear age, the difference between the Home Front and the Front Line is simply a matter of perception: If you know we're at war, you are too."

Ultimately, all we have left is Viktor Frankl's Challenge:

"For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best. So let us be alert -- alert in a two-fold sense:

"Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake."

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Response to procon (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 11:25 AM

4. Fake news.

The US Military has had plans in place which are continuously tested. The OP says the government has not "tested these plans for 30 years". What BS. Is the OP saying Obama never had any plans? Bush? Clinton?

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