Well .. forget “shock and awe”. (That ill-conceived war in Iraq really did not end well – and has it really ended?) Today we were told we may have “fire and fury, like the world has never seen” by the President of the United States. The scary thing is that of the nine nuclear powers (mentioned in Monday’s post), the US is the only country without a system of checks and balances at the top of its launch process. The President of the United States is the only person in the world with the sole authority to launch a nuclear strike. Seems to me it’s time that the generals, leaders in Congress and every sane person in power redouble their efforts to ratchet things down.