Lots of noteworthy things were said during last night’s final presidential debate. However, one of the most unnerving was a “matter of fact” comment casually made by Hillary Clinton during an exchange about Russia and nuclear attack response. Now some are saying the information could have put America at risk.
During a discussion on Russia and nuclear launch codes, after criticizing Trump on his casual language about the use of nuclear weapons, Clinton casually said, the United State’s response time to an incoming nuclear attack would be four minutes.
“Here’s the deal,” Clinton says, “The bottom line on nuclear weapons is that when the president gives the order it must be followed. There’s about four minutes between the order being given and the people responsible for launching nuclear weapons to do so.”
When the president gives the order to launch a nuclear weapon, that’s it. The officer has to launch. It can take as little as four minutes.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2016
Some critics of Clinton complained about her putting that information out there on international television, while some defended Hillary saying that information is already “in the wild” and would be easily calculable even if it wasn’t.
However, as IJ Review points out:
This four-minute figure may be “out there,” but it’s certainly alarming how casually Hillary Clinton talks about sensitive matters of national security.
Almost as sloppy as hosting a private server without government security and transmitting classified and sensitive material via email.
Social media users quickly jumped on Hillary’s comments:
Hillary dropped, on live #debatenight, Response time between presidential order and nuclear missile launch. Info isis classified TS/NC2.
— Tharru (@VoxRomani) October 20, 2016
Hillary disclosed classified information tonight. HIGHLY classified information. Our nuclear response time is top secret.
— Deplorable American (@KFieLd_4TRUMP) October 20, 2016
Did Hillary just leak TS information on national TV regarding nuclear response time? #debatenight
— The Libertarian Prof (@TLProfessor) October 20, 2016
Here is video of the exchange: