Kasich Supports De-Alerting Nuclear Missiles
Gov. Kasich began with a speech during which he called for a spending freeze on domestic programs and increased spending on defense. Almost immediately afterward, I asked him if he would take our nuclear missiles off hair trigger alert if he were president. "Of course!," he exclaimed, and added that only considerations of national security should shape our national defense.
He went on to warn that while taking missiles off hair trigger alert is possible, it would be "hard to do," and require streamlining the Pentagon's 900,000 person bureaucracy and controlling inter-service rivalry to get done. On the surface, his answer was positive and he acknowleldged the seriousness of the problem, but he left himself ways out. In that respect, both his direct speech and quick and shrewd mind were quite evident.