Better a million dead North Koreans than a thousand dead Americans. The fundamental reason our government exists is to protect our people and our territory. Everything else is a grace note. And the words we never should hear in regard to North Korea’s nuclear threats are “We should’ve done something.” Instead, we should do something. Pyongyang’s Sunday test of a hydrogen bomb of devastating power begs for decisive action. Must we wait until Americans die? A preemptive strike against Kim Jong-un’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs would be a terrible thing, demanding a vast military effort (if done properly)
Comments: Easy for Ralph to say. And - what about the fallout to South Korea?
This is quickly becoming the only choice. The longer we wait the more lives it will costs. When Harry Truman dropped the atomic bombs on Japan the primary reason was to save both American and Japanese lives.
If the President decides on a military olption, the media will excoriate him daily. Their hate for him is so great that they will crucify him for making the decision to exterminate this imminent threat once and for all. Regardless of his final decision, he will be thoroughly trashed by the left. Politics has become so divisive that the left will not be supportive in any way, any decision made by PDT. There is no consensus that can be reached with the left. They have declared war with this President and his supporters and will use this issue to further divide us. The country cannot function when it is at war with itself and I believe the left would rather face hundreds of thousands of dead Americans than support any decision this President makes even if it meant that American lives are saved.
I suppose it has occurred to someone that this whole mess could be taken care of with one assassination? Announce to the world a bounty on fat boy´s head, to be paid to the surviving family of the assassin. Make sure the word is spread widely in NK. Even if nobody takes the bait, their paranoia will turn them against each other. It might work, and it beats lobbing nukes around.
FTA: "If someone screams that they’re going to kill us and points a gun toward us, we have the legal and ethical right to draw and fire first. And if the attacker also threatens to kill our wives and children, it would be immoral not to shoot first."
I saw the replay of the hash between peters and tucker carlson last night. He seems a bit looney tunes, like McCain. From the john bolton school with 50% more angst and hand wringing over russia. Since the USS pueblo, we have been buffaloed by the norks. Its time to end it, as the outcome, horrible as it is, will only get worse with more procrastination. This time, their post apocalyptic rehab is the responsibility of china, russia, and the ROK.
The South Koreans bear great responsibility in their willingness to play along with American politico make-nice and take the money. Can you imagine Israel standing so idly by while the US sold them down the river? Bibi came and pleaded the truth to Congress. Most American can´t name a single South Korean politician/entertainer/intellectual.
To paraphrase a point made by the author, hundreds of Americans are killed each year for demonstrating the immediate ability to take the life of a cop. I´d like to be treated that well by my political leadership when it comes to North Korea´s stated intentions.
The Korean conflict (currently suspended by an armistice) is NOT a US war, but a UN war, fought under UN Security Council auspices to halt NorK aggression. It is 60+ years of "peace". The SoKors and Japanese don´t seem overly concerned, doing little to shore their defenses in recent months. Meanwhile, the US sends fleets of ships, nuclear-armed subs, and puts on a giant air show with B-1s. It´s time to replace our troops with Ugandans, Danes and Pakistanis to keep the peace. Kim wouldn´t dare mess with these troops from militarily insignificant nations - they´re not the Evil United States. The SoKors can then securely continue to crank out their KIAs and Samsungs with others footing the bill.
The only problem is the idiots on our side who negotiated the armistice left the Incheon-Seoul corridor within the north´s artillery range. That´s the only fallout there´s likely to be - thousands of unstoppable shells raining on tens of millions of people.
If you think "fire and fury" automatically means we will use nuclear weapons, please, learn something of our military´s capabilities. We have many brands of fire and fury, and most of them are non-nuclear.
As for Nork nukes, they have test warheads, and test delivery systems, and no evidence they are able to put them together. The time to strike, to *prevent* fallout, is before they have completed the integration.
Unfortunately, Ralph Peters also wants to take Trump out. He does not say if that is to be before, or after NK. So, I think we can wait a while, and get some advice from someone other than Ralph Peters.
#20 - I did not mean "fallout" in the nuclear sense necessarily. I meant that there may be dire consequences to people besides the ones we´re aiming at. It is my understanding, and maybe I´m wrong, that North Korea is holding South Korea and others in the region hostage-- that if attacked in whatever way they may take it out on their neighbors as well as us if they can; or at least, that is a serious threat.
Given our current technology and weaponry I imagine we could take out Lil Kim and his nuke facilities without destroying the whole country. Our intelligence services should know where Lil Kim is at any given moment and they should also know where the nukes and the missiles are. A few well placed MOABs should be able to do the job.
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