Huny Badger RIGHT WING TRIBUNE–
The only way to locate and destroy with complete certainty all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is through a ground invasion.
That blunt assessment from the Pentagon is in response to a letter from two Democratic congressmen asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea.
Rep. Ted Lieu and Rep. Ruben Gallego, both Democrats and veterans of the U.S. military, sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis highlighting their concerns about the prospect of war with North Korea. They requested a detailed report on the potential consequences of such a conflict, Reuters reported.
“We’re just trying to get the administration to explain to the American people what a war in North Korea would look like,” Lieu said. “People need to understand if there is military conflict in North Korea we would be going to war against a nuclear power.”
Mattis issued his response via the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont, “The only way to ‘locate and destroy — with complete certainty — all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs’ is through a ground invasion.”
“One of the problems that we have with the North Korea situation is that we have very little intelligence on their regime, any conventional or nuclear attack is challenging. North Korea may consider the use of biological weapons as an option. It has a long-standing chemical weapons program with the capability to produce nerve, blister, blood, and choking agents, and they possess a chemical weapon stockpile.”~Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Rear Adm. Michael J. Dumont
In a joint statement issued Saturday, 15 Democratic lawmakers and one Republican — all military veterans — called the assessment that a ground invasion would be required to destroy the North’s nuclear arsenal “deeply disturbing”.
The Pentagon letter to lawmakers also points out that North Korea may consider the use of biological weapons despite its international obligations, and is in possession of a chemical weapons stockpile.
Trump’s top advisers have publicly championed a diplomatic approach to North Korea, but the president has exhibited a preference for military options. Over the summer, he said North Korea would experience “fire and fury” if it didn’t stop threatening the U.S. During his first address to the United Nations in late September, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if it forced the U.S. to defend itself or its allies.
Trump has also come out and stated the blunt truth about the failed diplomacy with North Korea, “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man. Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what needs to be done.”
Congress also supports another piece of legislation, recently put forward by Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, designed to prevent Trump from launching a military strike against North Korea, nuclear or non-nuclear, without congressional approval. But with a Republican majority Congress, such legislation could face significant obstacles.
The democrats introduced to Congress, a way to block Trump from taking military action against Kim Jong Un’s regime. In January, they and Democratic Senator Edward Markey introduced a bill that would prohibit Trump from conducting a first-use nuclear strike without “a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike.”
Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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