Stephen Holmes: ‘Bomb Power’, 8 April 2010
Show More Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State by Garry Wills.
Penguin Press, 278 pp., $27.95, January 2010, 978 1 59420 240 7Show More
“... The president of the United States now for 50 years is followed at all times, 24 hours a day, by a military aide carrying a football that contains the nuclear codes that he would use, and be authorised to use, in the event of a nuclear attack on the United States. He could launch the kind of devastating attack the world has never seen. He doesn’t have to check with anybody, he doesn’t have to call the Congress, he doesn’t have to check with the courts ...”