Dude Hope Hicks wasn't leveling with the guy. You think SAC is?
"Yes, sir. We're totally nuking Mexico City right now. A hundred percent sir. Satellite photo? Certainly sir. No, sir, that is not a Freschetta. How do I know? Because they were out of Freschetta, sir, we had to buy Red Baron. But no sir. That is the radioactive ruins of Mexico City."
Moreover, Defense Secretary James Schlesinger recalled years later that in the final days of the Nixon presidency he had issued an unprecedented set of orders: If the president gave any nuclear launch order, military commanders should check with either him or Secretary of State Henry Kissinger before executing them. Schlesinger feared that the president, who seemed depressed and was drinking heavily, might order Armageddon. Nixon himself had stoked official fears during a meeting with congressmen during which he reportedly said, “I can go in my office and pick up a telephone, and in 25 minutes, millions of people will be dead.” Senator Alan Cranston had phoned Schlesinger, warning about “the need for keeping a berserk president from plunging us into a holocaust.”