Why not knowing about the ‘nuclear triad’ matters in this election

Donald Trump Nuclear Triad

Would you hire someone to coach in the National Football League if they generally knew what the defense was but didn’t know the difference between the 3-4 and 4-3?

Would you feel comfortable taking someone who inherited a doughnut shop and built it into a franchise to become the CEO of Boeing?

If you needed open-heart surgery, would you want a world-renowned dentist performing it?

These are silly questions with obvious answers. For some reason, the same type of questions are yielding the wrong answers when it comes to hiring Donald Trump to be the Commander-in-Chief and President of the united States.

We’re talking about a great man who has accomplished much more in his life than most in recent memory. He has the Midas touch whether it pertains to real estate or entertainment. He’s a stellar sale pitch guy and he has the basic ideas that can truly help America to achieve exceptionalism once again.

Unfortunately for Trump, Republicans, and America, experience really does matter when it comes to most jobs and in the case of the most difficult job in the world, it matters exponentially more. That doesn’t mean that someone has to be a lifetime politician to be a successful President, but it does mean that you have to be at the very least knowledgeable about the important issues that will fall on the Oval Office desk.

In the CNN GOP Debate, Trump was asked by Hugh Hewitt about the “nuclear triad” and

Mr. Trump, Dr. Carson just referenced the single most important job of the president, the command and the control and the care of the military forces. The triad, the missiles and submarines are aging out. It’s an executive order. What is your priority?

Trump’s response was taking directly from the campaign trail when he discusses being against the Iraq war and how things are challenging all across the Middle East. He started the response with a sentence that is actually very correct.

Well first of all, I think we absolutely need someone we can trust who is total responsibility who knows what he or she is doing that is so powerful and so important.

The problem is that Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing when it comes to our nuclear arsenal and he made that very apparent when Hewitt pressed him for an answer.

HEWITT: Of the three legs of the triad though, do you have a priority?

TRUMP: For me, nuclear, the power, the devastation, is very important to me.

This doesn’t just expose a problem with Trump’s experience. It points to a much bigger problem in America itself.

Trump Supporters Think It’s Simple

If there’s one thing positive that can be said about Donald Trump, he doesn’t pretend to be more knowledgeable than he is when it comes to policy, solutions, or the geopolitical spectrum. He’s aware that he doesn’t know the things a President needs to know on day one of being the leader of the free world, so he doesn’t attempt to fake it. Instead, he breaks everything down into sound bites and digestible pieces of information that the average Joe can understand.

In Trump’s defense, the average Joe probably doesn’t know what the nuclear triad is, either. That’s what they like about him. Trump’s supporters have been burnt by so many knowledgeable politicians over the years that they like the fact that Trump doesn’t know anything more than they know about politics. They see the Presidency as a role that someone without knowledge of politics can handle just fine.

They believe that it’s easy, and if Donald Trump’s ignorance represents their own ignorance, then he’s the right person for the job.

At one point, I believed that people liked Trump because they were unaware of his past. Then, as his past became more apparent and his poll numbers continued to rise, I realized the truth. They are endeared to him for the very reason that he cannot be a successful President: he makes the solutions to problems fit nicely into short and understandable sentences or paragraphs.

If a solution to any of the nation’s problems can’t fit into 140-characters, it’s too complicated for Trump’s followers. He keeps leadership dumbed down just the way his supporters prefer.

JD Rucker

JD Rucker is Editor of this site as well as Soshable, a Federalist Christian Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and co-founder of the Federalist Party. Find him on Twitter or Facebook.

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