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Madman on the Potomac

Can anyone stop Trump from starting a nuclear war with North Korea?

NATIONAL SECURITY

ONE BOMBY NIGHT Analysts say they fear an accident could quickly cause the North Korea standoff to spiral.
THOMAS PETER/GETTY

“The Russians had honed their craft, while the FBI agents were struggling to keep up.”

ONE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO GOES LIKE THIS:

Donald Trump emerges from his White House bedroom in the middle of the night, cellphone in hand, enraged by the latest taunt from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. He spots the military aide sitting in the corridor with a black valise in his lap. It’s called the nuclear football.

“I’m gonna take care of this son of a bitch once and for all,” Trump growls. “Big-time. Gimme the codes.”

The aide cracks open the valise and hands the president a loose-leaf binder with a colorful menu of Armageddon options. They range from total annihilation plans for Russia and China down to a variety of strikes tailored to North Korea.

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