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GAME TIME: President Trump Says American Military Is ‘Locked And Loaded’ And Ready Address North Korea Threat

Friday, August 11, 2017 7:41
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U.S. President Donald Trump issued another warning to North Korea on Friday with a reference to American weapons as being “locked and loaded.”

“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!” Trump wrote on Twitter, a day after his defense secretary said the United States was ready to counter any threat from Pyongyang.

North Korea’s threat on Thursday to test-fire ballistic missiles soon near the American territory of Guam deepened the challenge confronting the Trump administration: how to defang Pyongyang’s missile programs without risking all-out war.

President Trump has made clear that his goal is to deny North Korea the capability to field a long-range nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the United States.

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And though the Pentagon still hopes for a diplomatic solution, highly classified military options are at the ready, last seriously debated when the Clinton administration pondered pre-emptive action to try to thwart North Korea’s nuclear program.

Even a limited strike against a North Korean missile on its launching pad or the shooting down of a missile in midair would pose risks that the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, might retaliate, setting off a spiral of escalation that could plunge the Korean Peninsula into war.

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“In the event of a first strike against Kim, even a non-nuclear option, it is highly likely that Kim would retaliate at least conventionally against South Korea,” said James Stavridis, a retired four-star admiral who is now dean of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. “This almost certainly would create an upward spiral of violence which would be extremely difficult to manage or to mitigate.”



The Trump administration’s first recourse has been diplomacy. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson sought to head off North Korea’s missile program this week by suggesting that the United States could open talks with Pyongyang if North Korea would halt its missile tests.

On Thursday, however, North Korea raised the stakes by saying that it was considering a plan to test-fire four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles in international waters near Guam, home to American air and naval bases as well as a Thaad antimissile system.

Mr. Trump hinted broadly later in the day that he has his own military options in mind. “Obviously we’re spending a lot of time looking at, in particular, North Korea,” he told reporters, “and we are preparing for many different alternative events.”

But few of the military options are straightforward, and some former Pentagon officials involved in war planning for North Korea pointed to the complexities.

A major consideration would be whether and when to evacuate American and other allied civilians, which is no small feat as Seoul, a city of about 10 million, is within range of North Korea’s rockets and artillery and the North Korean military is also armed with chemical and biological weapons.

“With all this talk, what I worry about is a serious miscalculation,” said James D. Thurman, a retired Army general who served as the top United States commander in South Korea from 2011 to 2013. “Before we start talking about all these military options, we have to decide what are we going to do with the U.S. citizens over there.”

He estimated that at least a quarter-million Americans would have to be moved.

If the United States was prepared to go beyond a limited strike, it could conduct a surprise attack on North Korea’s missile garrison and weapon storage areas, using American aircraft stationed in Guam, in Japan and on aircraft carriers as well as strategic bombers that would be refueled in flight. source

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  • Hayduke

    The US is a bigger threat to NK than they are to us. NK just threatens to use nukes. We actually DO obliterate cities and countries with nukes, not just talk about it.

    One thing for sure. Both the fat little kid and Drumpfgh both have horrible haircuts. One thing everyone can agree on. :eek: :eek: :shock: :???:

    • Anonymous

      It’s a fact you have to ask how much U.S. belligerence and warring around the world causes smaller nations to feel the need for nukes. Like how would Iran feel about the U.S., were it not for the CIA and the Shah? Also, of history generally, the common people, going about life, get shafted, murdered, in huge numbers, for the stupidity of the few.

      Since being a child, I always fantasized war should be the idiot leaders, in a ring, butchering each other, instead of obliterating other humanity from some easy chair, in some bunker. (Not practical, of course, should the bad guy win, but you get the idea: the warmongers need to lead the charge, as it were, stick their families and friends, including defense industry execs, in uniform, up front, wherever harm’s way is.) How quick do you think war would become obsolete, if all the Satanic cake eaters were taking fire? You would also surely find, by huge majorities, normal people, in nations around the world, have no interest in murdering each other or turning their cities to rubble, with the exception of Muslims, who do have their jihad thing, but even that is incited by a handful of monsters.

      I do get so tired of hearing these dumbasses going back and forth in the news, as if warmongering is even conscionable of any intelligent, civilized man, and, again, always the innocent the biggest victims.

    • Anonymous

      “One thing for sure. Both the fat little kid and Drumpfgh both have horrible haircuts. One thing everyone can agree on.”

      True. Isn’t like some sort of hideous, global bad hair day?

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