U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said that any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale” and said Washington was working internationally to find a diplomatic solution (link).
Editorial: I try not to comment on the news presented here. I try and present the facts and links needed to make informed decisions, however, I have to say that the irony of a former Marine with the nickname of “Mad Dog Mattis” being the voice of reason in the current administration is not lost on me. I am also heartened that there may actually be a voice of reason and caution in Washington…
No matter how often North Korean missiles fail that doesn’t change the fact that they also have the third largest stockpile of chemical weapons on the planet and no need for missiles to deploy and use that stockpile. Even if they can’t feed their own people most years they also have one of the largest standing armies in the world and I am fairly confident that they get fed and equipped as well or better than any forces we have faced in recent times. The North Koreans had neither of these during the previous Korean war but over 2.5 million people were killed or wounded. Of those about 200,000 allied soldiers killed and over half a million wounded.
No one who has seen war first hand takes it lightly, no matter how silly the leader appears. Remember how many dismissed that silly little Austrian back in the 1930’s?