North Korea’s weapons testing has pushed the Korean peninsula to the brink of war.
Trump has made it clear the U.S. will respond with force, if necessary, to North Korean agression.
And Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis just fired a warning shot with this statement.
Mattis told the U.S. Army “to be ready” should President Trump order military action against North Korea.
“We’ve got to be brilliant in the basics of blocking and tackling. Right now what we want to do is be so ready and be very much aware that we fight the way we come that everybody in the world wants to deal with Secretary Tillerson and the Department of State, not the Department of Defense and the United States Army.”
CNBC reports on more of his speech:
Speaking to the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) convention in Washington, Mattis said efforts continue by the administration to get a peaceful solution to the problem of having a nuclear-armed North Korea. He said, “North Korean provocations [are] threatening regional and even global peace.”
“It is right now a diplomatically led, economic-sanction buttressed effort to try to turn North Korea off this path,” said Mattis. “What does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say, so there’s one thing the U.S. Army can do, and that is you’ve got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our president can employ, if needed.”
The Washington Examiner caught up with General Mark Milley, who said:
“No one in this room knows with certainty how this situation will play out and someone in this room will be making the critical decisions,” Milley said. “But you can be sure that decisions will be made one way or the other because of the rapid pace of North Korea’s ICBM and nuclear weapons development.”
Milley said “no one wants a war” and detailed the grave consequences if the United States and North Korea do fall into conflict.
“All recognize that a war on the Korean Peninsula would be a tragedy on a huge scale with intense levels of violence in dense urban areas, enormous damage to infrastructure, and economic effects felt worldwide,” he said. “Most importantly there would be significant loss of human life, a level of war on a scale that few in the world today have ever seen.”
You can be sure North Korea heard Mattis’ message loud and clear.
What do you think?
Will diplomacy be effective in forcing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program?
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