the “Launch Codes” you’re so fond of was “00000000”
Yes, I heard about it. I’m not “fond” of them, I just said you need the codes to use the nukes.
security failures in institutions
+5, insightful, but not surprising.
your claims about how the military works internally, and how the Pentagon interfaces with the POTUS
I didn’t intend to claim anything about any of these things. If the US military does not need an authorization from POTUS, then I apologize for getting that wrong. What I was trying to say with my post is that Germany cannot launch American nukes and Belarus cannot launch Russian nukes whenever they feel like it.
Merkel Scholz cannot just tell the Luftwaffe to nuke someone and expect it to happen.
You are right that there is a chance of a “special nuke-and-code-stealing operation” succeeding. But there is a difference between fully controlling nukes and maybe being able to pull off a heist, then somehow getting the codes (easier if the code is 1234), and then hoping nobody will do anything about it.
I just realized that SleepySteve misunderstood my post and then I misunderstood their post
. They thought I was talking that Russian troops might oppose the launch order. I thought they were arguing that Belarus will own the nukes, codes and everything and could arm them without ever asking Putin (or pulling shady moves).
I also understood TSP’s post
as saying that a Belarussian general will be guarding the nukes. Now I’m not sure if that’s what they meant. But this is why I explained that Belarussians will not control the warheads.