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McMaster: US Preparing for ‘Preventive War’ with North Korea +Video

Sunday, August 6, 2017 8:52
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By Tyler Durden  /  ZeroHedge

The United States is preparing for all options to counter the growing threat from North Korea, including launching a “preventive war,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview that aired Saturday on MSNBC. The comments come after North Korea carried out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the past month and after the president said he has been clear he will not tolerate North Korea’s threats to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons.

The key excerpts (full transcript):

H.H.: Let me switch if I can to North Korea, which is really pressing. And– and remind our audience, at the Aspen Institute ten days ago, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Joe Dunford, said, “There’s always a military– option. It would be horrific.” Lindsey Graham on Today Show earlier this week said– “We need to destroy the regime and their deterrent.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday, I believe, to North Korea, “You are leaving us no choice but to protect ourselves.” And then the Chairman of the Chief of Staff of the Army said, “Just because every choice is a bad choice doesn’t mean you don’t have to choose.” Are we looking at a preemptive strike? Are you trying to prepare us, you being collectively, the administration and people like Lindsey Graham and Tom Cotton for a first strike North Korea?

H.R.MWell, we really, what you’re asking is– is are we preparing plans for a preventive war, right? A war that would prevent North Korea from threatening the United States with a nuclear weapon. And the president’s been very clear about it. He said, “He’s not gonna tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the United States” if they have nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States; It’s intolerable from the president’s perspective. So of course, we have to provide all options to do that. And that includes a military option.

Now, would we like to resolve it short of what would be a very costly war, in terms of– in terms of the suffering of mainly the South Korean people? The– the ability of– of that North– North Korean regime to hold the South hostage to conventional fire’s capabilities, artillery and so forth, Seoul being so close. We’re cognizant of all of that. And so what we have to do is– is everything we can to– to pressure this regime, to pressure Kim Jong-un and those around him such that they conclude, it is in their interest to denuclearize. And there are really I think three critical things, came out of the president’s very successful summit with– President Xi of China that were different– that were different from past efforts to work with China, which has always been, you know, the– the desire, right, to work with China– on the– on the North Korean problem.

How many casualties will there be:

HH: In 1994, when the first North Korean deal with signed, the people who executed it, Gallucci, Dan Poneman, Joe Wit wrote a book. And they quoted a general saying, “If there is a conflict,” called Going Critical, “there will be a million casualties.” A million casualties. Is that still a good estimate of what happens if– preemptive strike unfolds in North Korea, General?

HHHow concerned should the American people be that we are actually on the brink of a war with North Korea?

HRM: Well, I think it’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with this. Right, the, so I think it’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with a rogue, brutal regime, I mean, who murdered his own brother with nerve agent in an airport. “I mean, think about what he’s done in terms of his own brutal repression of not only members of his regime but his own family,” McMaster added.

On Tuesday,  Sen. Lindsey Graham said that the president told him there would be a war with North Korea if the regime continues to try to hit America with an ICBM. Appearing on the Today Show, the South Carolina Republican Senator said that President Trump has indicated to him that the administration is prepared to strike North Korea to prevent an attack against the U.S.  Pushed on by Matt Lauer on whether a viable military option exists in the region, Graham responded: “They’re wrong.  There is a military option to destroy North Korea’s program and North Korea itself.”


The Hwasong-14 ICBM seen during its test in this undated photo released by 

North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July 5 2017.

As reported last Friday, North Korea claimed that its latest missiles can now strike anywhere in the United States, delivering nuclear warheads. Experts have said that the country’s missile program has greatly accelerated in recent months putting it far ahead of previous predictions about when it could launch reliable long-range missiles. Speaking to Newsweek in recent days, several experts said that an attack would be the deadliest the U.S. has ever received and potentially kill more than 100,000 people if it struck in large population centers like New York City or Los Angeles.

“I’m not going to confirm [whether the latest ICBM could reach anywhere in the U.S.] but whether it could reach San Francisco or Pittsburgh or Washington, I mean how much does that matter? It’s a grave threat,” McMaster said.

He added: “It’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with a rogue, brutal regime.”

McMaster cautioned that he was aware of the fact that any strike against North Korea could bring about a “very costly war” that would cause immense “suffering of mainly the South Korean people.”

Last month, CIA Director Mike Pompeo floated another option for dealing with the North Korea threat, saying that he was “hopeful we will find a way to separate that regime from this system.” North Korea responded by threatening swift and brutal consequences for any attempt to topple Kim.

“Should the U.S. dare to show even the slightest sign of an attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the U.S. with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Still, McMaster did not rule out such an attempt when asked whether it could be a legitimate tool. “I think it depends on the legal justifications for that. And this goes back to just war theory. And what is the nature of the risk? And does that risk justify acting in defense of your people and your vital interests?”

Last week, the local press reported that South Korea’s military is preparing a “surgical strike” scenario that could wipe out NOrth Korean command and missile and nuclear facilities following an order by S.Korea’s president Moon Jae-In.

HRM: You know, one thing about war. It’s impossible oftentimes to predict. It’s always impossible to predict the future course of events. Because war is a continuous interaction of opposites, a continuous interaction between your forces and those of the enemy. It involves not just the capability to use force, but also intentions and things that are just unknowable at the outset. And so I think it’s important to– to look at– range of estimates of what could happen, because it’s clear that at war, it’s unpredictable. And so you always have to ask the question, “What happens next? What are the risks? How do you mitigate those risks?” And– and obviously, you know, war is– is– is the most serious decision any leader has to make. And so what can we do to make sure we exhaust our possibilities and exhaust our other opportunities to accomplish this very clear objective of denuclearization of the peninsula short of war?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-05/mcmaster-us-preparing-preventive-war-north-korea

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  • Anonymous

    “It’s intolerable from the president’s perspective. So of course, we have to provide all options to do that. And that includes a military option.”

    Does anybody else notice the pattern since WWII, how the U.S. beats up on little guys? (And doesn’t always win.) MAD, mutually assured destruction, seems to have worked with anybody who can fight back, and no little guy has yet expressed a desire to be wiped out as a going concern, in probably less than an hour. You can even understand, given the U.S. being a bull in a china shop and destroying little nations that can’t fight back, why the little guy feels he needs nukes, lest they get the U.S. treatment. But here’s an idea. Let’s stop the big bully on the playground, that was set back four times, routine and take on a real enemy, attack Russia or China, get with the process of ultimate, historic stupidity of mankind, as repeatedly displayed since Cain and Nimrod, stop pussy footing around with contained mass murder to elevate defense stock prices. And why wait to foolishly blunder into a self destructive situation? In any event, I much tire of pictures of bodies and body parts, and asking, “Can you spell m-i-l-i-t-a-r-y i-n-d-u-s-t-r-i-a-l c-o-m-p-l-e-x?”

    (Maybe the dude fancies becoming known as McMaster of disaster? I don’t believe in evolution, but I do believe in one theory of Neanderthal Man.)

  • Anonymous

    You people of faith, others take two aspirin and go back to sleep, since consciousness avails nothing, but you of faith, who’ve been brainwashed with the flag waving of empire, need to carefully consider this passage of scripture, of the Lord’s perspective on empire. Also, if you haven’t fully noticed, God characterizes empires as beasts in prophecy, vicious animals of scripture, something to think about, when you get mercantile covetousness and the rapaciousness of power confused with greatness. One of the wiser things of the Founders, which was foolishly ignored, was the caution regarding foreign entanglements.

    Habakkuk 2

    1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
    2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
    3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
    4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
    5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
    6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
    7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?
    8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
    9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
    10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.
    11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
    12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!
    13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?

    • b4

      i have called you out before –you use quotes like it is god’s voice talking–bullshit–every word you wrote above a man wrote–the word of men not god–god is way above the the petty world of humans–you use quotes of the language of the 17 century like its gods language–your insane–ALL that you posted is total bullshit–if anything,it is straight from satan as you are consumed by satan so it seems..hate and judgement are your calling card–god has no wrath or judgement–god understands we are little immature babies trying to make it in an adult world-you palemarero are a little baby–stupid and unwise–by every measure you seem to be an agent of satan pretending to push god’s agenda==go back into the dark hole you crawled out of you worthless evil maggot and make love to your best friend satan…asshole

      • Andy

        facts don’t really seem to penetrate their strong intellectual defensive walls – and those walls need to be strong, for they have nothing else to stand upon

        - all available evidence demonstrates that all holy books are the word & work of humans and nobody else
        - no evidence substantiates the claim that any god had anything to do with any of them
        - no evidence substantiates the claim that any god actually exists

  • Anonymous

    Our USA government has lost all its integrity. It cannot be trusted to ‘war’ against anyone anymore.

    • Andy

      it really is very difficult to lose something you never had,,, ‘government integrity’ is akin to ‘promiscuous chastity’

      the U.S.A. Govt (like all govts) can be trusted to do only one thing proficiently

      fuck EVERYTHING it touches

    • wreakhavoc

      I Unfortunate agree on this one.

  • truck driver

    US has been preparing for war against North Korea since the 1950s,
    Anyway there’s land mines from the 1950s scattered everywhere and nobody knows where they are at.

  • beLIEve

    beLIEve

    Rothschild Mythological Dictator Creature Kim Jong-un Crafted In “Neutral” EU Switzerland / Backchannel Masonic Cult Scripting
    Saturday, August 12, 2017 4:26

    http://beforeitsnews.com/christian-news/2017/08/rothschild-mythological-dictator-creature-kim-jong-un-crafted-in-neutral-eu-switzerland-backchannel-masonic-cult-scripting-2551173.html

    * * *
    Ron Paul Institute: “Only Morons Believe What The US Government Says About North Korea”

    http://www.silverdoctors.com/headlines/world-news/ron-paul-institute-only-morons-believe-what-the-us-government-says-about-north-korea/

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