How irresponsible was Bill Clinton?
Retired Army Gen. Hugh Shelton wrote in his memoirs that former President Clinton misplaced the nuclear launch card for a couple months, reportedly not the first time a president has dropped the ball for the nuclear “football.” . . .
Lt. Col. Robert Patterson, who was responsible for carrying around the “football” — or the briefcase that serves a mobile strategic defense system, made a similar accusation seven years ago in his book “Dereliction of Duty.”
At the time, Patterson described how Clinton misplaced the card for months, confessing the loss after being asked to provide the card so it could be replaced with an updated code.