As tensions continue to mount between the United States and North Korea, the American public has been more conscious of the president’s nuclear launch capabilities than any time since the Cold War. Those critical of the president have voiced concerns about his emotionally stability, while the president himself has even taken to making jokes about the size of his “nuclear button,” but for all the headlines and conjecture… no one has ever accused Donald Trump of being absent-minded enough to lose those launch codes that some on the Left seem so concerned about him having. After all, with the power to unleash destruction on a global scale, no president could possibly be so cavalier as to misplace, them…
Well, except for Bill Clinton.
The late ’90s were a different time in America. The Soviet Union was long gone, 9/11 was still years away, and the American President was in hot water for his extracurricular activities with interns, rather than social media posts. Nuclear war was far from the minds of the general public, and it would seem, from the president himself.
Army General Hugh Shelton served as Clinton’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 through 2001, and in his autobiography, “Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior,” he recounts a window of what may have been months, in which President Clinton and his staff seemed to have simply misplaced the codes the president would have needed to order a launch America’s nuclear weapons.