Today I listened to one of my favorite Podcasts, Radiolab Podcast. If you have not heard, I would recommend the show. Today I learned something that I never knew before. I assumed just like anyone else that the President had some form of checks and balances in place before nuclear options are chosen. He may seek counsel, but doesn't necessarily have to accept their options. Another thing I thought was interesting, was that during the Cold War, had Russia launched Nuclear weapons, the President would have SIX MINUTES to react before reaching targeted destinations.
Another interesting fact, President Richard Nixon once boasted that at any moment he could pick up a telephone and - in 20 minutes - kill 60 million people. There are lots of gems in this episode and again something we should all be aware of.