Two stories combined together point towards an increased risk that a potential war could break out on the Korean Peninsula. One story, from CNN, quotes National Security advisor H.R. McMaster, as saying that he believes the potential for war with North Korea is ‘increasing every day.’
Another story, from CBS News, quotes war-hawk Senator Lindsey Graham as saying that a pre-emptive war with North Korea is “more likely.”
The rhetoric, even from the President, against North Korea appears to be ratcheting up dramatically, while China and Russia are warning America of ‘consequences’ if they choose to attack North Korea.
To put this in perspective, North Korea MAY have some missiles that are capable of hitting any part of the United States. How many missiles? Less than 10, possibly as little as 1. The United States government will lead you to believe that they do not have the capacity to stop 10 (even assuming it’s as much as 10, which is doubtful) missiles from hitting the American mainland.
The reason the U.S might be targeting North Korea could be as simple as this, China is a rising power. It’s best to confront the rising power (in the interest of preserving your hegemony) right now before it becomes a power that you are no longer able to confront.
This is just a theory, but, I think, possibly a pretty sound one.
White House national security adviser HR McMaster said Saturday that North Korea represents “the greatest immediate threat to the United States” and that the potential for war with the communist nation is growing each day.
“I think it’s increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in a race to be able to solve this problem,” McMaster told an audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California when asked if North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Tuesday had increased the chance of war.President Donald Trump remains committed to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, McMaster said, adding that there are nonmilitary ways to deal with the issue, such as calling on China to impose greater economic sanctions against Pyongyang. McMaster noted that Beijing’s “tremendous coercive economic power” over North Korea.“There are ways to address this problem short of armed conflict, but it is a race because he’s getting closer and closer, and there’s not much time left,” McMaster said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. With every missile launch or nuclear test, Kim has improved his country’s capabilities, McMaster said.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said the United States is “running out of time” when it comes to North Korea and that pre-emptive war is “becoming more likely” as the country’s weapons technology “matures.”
“We’re getting close to a military conflict because North Korea’s marching toward marrying up the technology of an ICBM with a nuclear weapon on top that cannot only get to America but deliver the weapon. We’re running out of time,” Graham said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.
“The policy of the Trump administration is to deny North Korea the capability to hit America with a nuclear-tipped missile. Not to contain it,” he said. “Denial means preemptive war as a last resort. That preemption is becoming more likely as their technology matures. Every missile test, every underground test of a nuclear weapon, means the marriage is more likely.”
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