Skip to comments.The US Must Take Decisive Action on North Korea
Posted on 08/09/2017 3:44:21 PM PDT by ckinv368
The world has watched, seemingly without recourse, as North Korea continues to rapidly develop intercontinental nuclear missile capabilities. After two recent tests, experts now believe North Korea could strike as far as Chicago or London. Those favoring diplomacy above all elsewhich has utterly failed over the past 25 yearsmust realize that North Korea is on the cusp of being able to threaten every US citizen on a whim.
Now, according to a report released by the Defense Intelligence Agency, North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that will fit its ballistic missiles. While North Korea may not yet have mastered the engineering for re-entry, that science has been set for almost 70 years. Coupled with todays high-tech polymers, it is likely North Korea will solve the re-entry puzzle in months, not years. With the US now estimating North Korea has up to 60 nuclear weapons in its arsenal, the North Korea threat is getting much bigger, much faster than anyone anticipated.
What should be done? Many will point to the aggressive new round of economic sanctions the UN Security Council passed this week. But North Korea has been under one form of sanction or another for decades, to little effect. Even if sanctions are complied with by China and Russia, the North Korean leadership thinks nothing of allowing hundreds of thousands of its people to die of starvation. If sanctions failas they likely willfew options remain for South Korea, Japan, and the United States other than military action in one form or another.
South Koreas new presidentMoon Jae-ininitially campaigned on easing tensions with the North. He halted deployment of the US-built THAAD missile defense system as a sign of good faith. He has now reversed course. And he is not alone. According to the South Korean Yonhap news agency, the leader of South Koreas minority political party recently called for the deployment of US tactical nuclear weapons in the country. The New York Times reports that some surveys show a majority of South Koreans favor developing their own nuclear weapons as a defensive deterrent.
Japan also appears ready to take aggressive military action. Its prime minister is seeking to change Japans pacifist constitution to allow pre-emptive offensive military strikes. And, according to Hideshi Takesada, a leading defense specialist in Japan, if South Korea went nuclear, that debate would happen in Japan, too.
The possibility of a regional nuclear arms racewith three allied nuclear powers in the region (including the United States)may be enough to spur China to take action to deter North Korea. But, if history is any indication, China will still try to play both sides, with only limited effect.
This leaves the United States with few good options. The US doesnt necessarily want either Japan or South Korea to possess nuclear arsenals. Of course, allowing North Korea to develop the ability to strike US cities at willwith the nuclear blackmail that would inevitably followis simply not acceptable. While the world rests in the hope that North Korea will come to the negotiating table, the US must prepare for an eventuality where that doesnt occur, and military force will be needed.
Due to advanced weaponry, there is little to stop the US from successfully destroying North Koreas nuclear weapons programlocated both above and below ground. And, the US has the ability to kill North Koreas leader almost at willprior to a recent ballistic missile launch, US intelligence watched live for 70 minutes as Kim Jong Un smoked cigarettes and strolled around the missile. That was more than enough time for the US to destroy the missile and kill Kim.
The reason military options are fraught with peril is the expected North Korean response. The North has thousands of hidden artillery pieces and missile launchers capable of reaching Seoul, and over 1,000 ballistic missiles capable of reaching as far as Tokyo. It also has over 70 submarines and dozens of surface ships capable of inflicting damage in a defensive strike.
In conjunction with South Korea and Japan, the US must prepare a significant, and carefully choreographed, military contingency where civilians are quickly evacuated, while the artillery and rockets threatening Seoul are pre-emptively neutralized (perhaps through significant stealth bombing), North Koreas nuclear weapons capability is destroyed, and, possibly, its leadership decapitated. This effort will require more than cruise missiles and stern statements, and will bear the hallmarks of a major military operation, with hundreds of bombs and missiles, dozens of aircraft and ships, and the full military might of the United States. Civilians will undoubtedly die on both sides, but the North Korean threat will be neutralized. No doubt, this is a last-ditch option. But, where the safety of the entire American people is at stake, we must be decisive in our actions.
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Take fat boy ALIVE. Saddam Hussein-like.
Why in the world would you ever enter into negotiations with a counter party who has a 70 year record of NEVER negotiating in good faith?
I don't know how you do it ... but I LOVE your idea. War crimes trial via military tribunal.
Talked to a Korean war veteran today. A lot of people lost their lives in that war, and the highly intellectually overrated Clinton administration handed them nuclear weapons - while applauding themselves. Now, ironically and pathetically, we have to listen to the same clueless crowd, complaining about how Trump is handling this dire situation - that they are responsible for.
We are so split as a nation, I am having a very hard time imagining how we move forward together.
It’s not a last-ditch option.
It’s the only option.
And today is better than any day in the future.
I completely agree. It would have been much easier years ago, but hard decisions need to be made to keep Americans safe.
When national security threats aren’t dealt with, you get people thinking about the following from the article you posted:
“A nuclear strike would be devastating to the Bay Area, and theres no preparation that could avoid that. But there are a few simple steps like staying inside instead of trying to flee that can help prevent radiation poisoning and save lives, experts say.”
Terrible that we’re at this point, and something has to be done ASAP.
It frustrates me how Trump is being criticized by the media, liberals, and some Republicans, to the effect that he is too bellicose and belligerent and antagonistic in his statements.
Rather than having anything to say about this major threat to world peace, the liberal view is that somehow Trump is to blame for where we are at with this
We should have used this option during Bush Administration
That’s exactly right: Trump didn’t allow North Korea to build nuclear reactors. Trump didn’t allow North Korea to build ballistic missiles. Trump didn’t sit idly by while North Korea developed and tested nuclear weapons. Trump has been the only world leader in 2+ decades that has done anything meaningful to actually stop the North Korean threat.
How so? He posted the whole thing, in chat, so what's yer bitch?
Standing up for the US is a shocking turn of events to the left/progressive/commie pukes.
Amazing that someone is actually trying to get rid of an evil in the world, and make America safer at the same time. Haven’t seen actions like this since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Reagan leading to the fall of Communism in Russia.
President Trump: attack and destroy Pyongyang immediately, using non-nuclear weapons! (Please protect South Korea and Japan) Make sure you obliterate their entire government.
Use the intelligence to bomb them into submission. Hopefully you have enough reliable intelligence to know where to bomb all of their nuclear facilities.
If that doesn’t work, Then nuke ‘em, but I think it will work at this point. We tried to work with the Chinese, and they told us to just drop dead. We tried Madeline Not so all bright, and that didn’t work.
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