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Dan Rather: Nuclear weapons are not for the petulant, ill-informed ‘king’ to boast—they can end us

NEW YORK - JANUARY 15:  News Anchor Dan Rather attends the Broadway opening night of "Soul of Shaolin" at the Marquis Theatre on January 15, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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Once again, acclaimed political commentator Dan Rather shares, with gusto, his opinion on the menacing Donald Trump — And “he’s not even president yet.” Rather is sucinct (sic) and spot on as he describes how bad it can get with Trump holding the reins of America’s military and nuclear arms. This is no game. This is a “shortcut to the very end of life on earth as we know it.”

Rather also shares his views on the gross faux pas made by Reince Priebus who presumably compared Jesus Christ, the King of Peace to Donald Trump, the King of Hate.

Here are both commentaries by Dan Rather via his Facebook page.

Nuclear weapons are not a game. They are not a toy for the petulant and ill-informed to boast about on off-handed tweets. They are not gaudy hotels and apartment buildings to line up to make yourself feel stronger and more important. They are a direct shortcut to the very end of life on earth as we know it.

I suspect Donald Trump knows very little about our nuclear posture, its history, and the delicate balance our presidents have been walking since the early days of the Cold War. This was a man who in a primary debate didn’t seem to understand our nuclear triad. And that’s “Nukes for Dummies” level. Now recent tweets and comments suggest he’s thinking of a new arms race. When Mr. Trump suggested that countries like Japan and Saudi Arabia develop nuclear weapons during the campaign his apologists told those of us who were worried, he didn’t really mean it. Where are those voices now? Because whether he means what he says, or even knows what he means, really doesn’t matter at this point. Just by Trump saying it, the world order that we have known is at risk.

He’s not even president yet and he’s plunging us into a potential crisis that no one really thought would come. Surely there are many Republican Senators and foreign policy experts who understand the dangers of his rhetoric. Because the stakes with nuclear weapons are so high, that even slight changes in their status are cause for great

Dan Rather spoke of a foreboding doom on Friday. This morning, while apologizing for the timing, Rather touched on another incredibly disturbing story.

I am sorry to break the Christmas spirit, but a colleague brought the issue of GOP Chairman Reince Priebus’ Christmas message to my attention and, even on a holiday – news is news.

The controversial part of the message reads:

“Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”

Many on social media reacted in outrage to what they read as an equation of Donald Trump to Jesus. A few hours later CNN reported “RNC spokesman and incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the reference had nothing to do with Trump. ‘Christ is the King in the Christian faith.'”

I am just not sure how one would explain the word “new” in the quote.

Thank you, Dan Rather. During a time of mass deception, we can’t have enough truth.

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3 thoughts on “Dan Rather: Nuclear weapons are not for the petulant, ill-informed ‘king’ to boast—they can end us

  1. Rather’s idea is very well expressed.I agree. Is Trump going to exercise Brinkmanship ? I don’t think that’s a wise approach. Will Trump try to break Russia again a la Ronald Reagan by out pacing them with stimulated economic and military growth ? I don’t think that is productive. I hope our new foreign policy is based on finding common ground not intimidation. The main threat about nukes is North Korea or terrorists getting a “suit case” nuke. US should not be “rattling sabers”(nukes). Such as approach is ill advised and downright foolish. We are not in the 1950’s.

    “I am just not sure how one would explain the word “new” in the quote.” – Rather. To posit that Priebus was using term “new king” to refer to Trump is quite a stretch. Christ as new king is celebrated every Christmas and every Easter. The controversy could be based on that Christian doctrine was uttered by a government person “blemishing” separation of church and state. Despite separation of church and state , one should not have to deny the Christ as poor Peter did 3 times just to satisfy Godless and oppressive PC agenda. Confessing faith is not the same as establishingd state sponsored religion.

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