Opinion As a former nuclear launch officer, Donald Trump scares me By John Noonan (@noonanjo) Updated August 4, 2016 8:09 AM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Donald Trump is questioning why the United States doesn't use it's nuclear weapons arsenal, according to a report by MSNBC's Joe Scarborough. "Several months ago, a foreign policy expert on the international level went to advise Donald Trump. And three times [Trump] asked about the use of nuclear weapons. Three times he asked at one point if we had them why can't we use them," Scarborough said on his "Morning Joe" program. John Noonan is a former nuclear launch officer in the United States Air Force and a former foreign policy advisor to Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney. On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, he posted these messages on Twitter about the use of nuclear weapons. Photo Credit: Twitter 1. I can't get this in one tweet. So bear with me as I air some laundry here on Scarborough's claim Trump's interested in nuclear first use. Photo Credit: Twitter 2. Pulled 300 nuclear alerts, 100 ft under the Wyoming turf. Job is serious and full of serious people. Photo Credit: Twitter 3. When we went into ICBM training, we went through a battery of tests and interviews are you sane? are you willing to turn your key? Photo Credit: Twitter 4. I see how those might sound at odds. Photo Credit: Twitter 5. But the whole idea behind nuclear deterrence is that you don't use the damn things. So I thought the mission credible and worthy. Photo Credit: Twitter 6. There are a hell of a lot of bad actors out there who have nukes. They are restrained only by our ability to instantly lay waste to them . . . Photo Credit: Twitter 7. The nuke triad, which Trump doesn't have a clue about, has been the single greatest contributor to global peace for decades. you heard me . . . Photo Credit: Twitter 8. I don't know if Scarborough is telling the whole truth here. Anonymous sources suck. BUT... if he is... buckle the hell up. Photo Credit: Twitter 9. Because Trump would be undoing 6 decades of proven deterrence theory. The purpose of nukes is that they are never used. Trump disagrees? Photo Credit: Twitter 10. This would be the single greatest strategic shift in US national security in decades. In a Trump Presidency, our foreign policy . . . Photo Credit: Twitter 11. ...would be this. "Leave our alliances, fall back on a nuclear first use policy." Does he understand just how F'ing dangerous that is? . . . Photo Credit: Twitter 12. But what really concerns me as a former nuke guy, is the idea of a narcissist walking around with nuclear authenticators. Photo Credit: Twitter 13. I could sit 100 feet underground, on alert, knowing that the POTUS would not make me do my duty -- not unless it was absolute last resort. Photo Credit: Twitter 14. But imagine having to turn launch keys not knowing if we were under attack or if it was because a foreign leader said a mean thing on Twitter. Photo Credit: Twitter 15. The power is there to kill millions. Permanently alter the geopolitical landscape. It is a sacred, sobering responsibility. Photo Credit: Twitter 16. Idea that nukes would be used, say over Raqqa or Mosul, simply because we have no more allies and it's a simple, easy fix is nauseating. Photo Credit: Twitter 17. Simply signaling that you're open to using strategic weapons as a tactical solution rewrites the rule book. Russia, China, others will ... Photo Credit: Twitter 18. respond. Nuclear deterrence is about balance. Trump is an elephant jumping up and down on one side of the scale. So damn dangerous. Photo Credit: Twitter 19. But geopolitics aside, I can't get my mind off the young officers on nuke alert right now. Wondering if they'll soon answer to a madman. Photo Credit: Twitter 20. And be asked to do a duty that should morally be asked of no human being, ever. //end By John Noonan (@noonanjo) Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Opinion: I’ve run the numbers. Donald Trump will winDonald Trump may be lucky to have picked an election in which change trumps experience. Opinion: Democratic convention's surprising Trump messageRather than demonizing the entire GOP, Democrats have lately portrayed Trump as distinct from other Cartoons about Donald TrumpPolitical cartoons related to Donald Trump. Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.