What does it take to stop a US President going rogue?

So now we learn that the United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had to reassure the Chinese that America was not about to launch a pre-emptive attack on them. This is an astonishing story to emerge about the last days of the presidency of Donald Trump.

It reminds me a a novel I read four years ago called “To Kill The President” [my review here] written by Sam Bourne (aka the “Guardian” correspondent Jonathan Freeland). The book begins with a demagogic US president threatening to launch a nuclear attack on North Korea.

It seems that these days the dividing line between fact and fiction is frighteningly blurry.


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