The diplomatic tensions in the Korean Peninsula are at all times high with no end in sight, as the Pyongyang regime furthers its nuclear ambitions. To make things even worse, US Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis said earlier on Friday that North Korea’s reckless actions must be stopped, end quote.
James Mattis was participating at a news conference in London when he was asked about his former 2012 assessment regarding Iran as the greatest military threat facing the US.
This time, Mad Dog turned to North Korea, hinting that the “crazy fat kid” Kim Jong-un has now displaced the Islamic regime in Tehran as the top threat as per Donald Trump administration’s estimation.
While reckoning that Iran still remains the primary state sponsor of Islamic terrorism (I always thought that would be Saudi Arabia), James Mattis said that in the larger scheme of things, North Korea is currently more dangerous. And that’s pretty obvious, considering the fact that Iran is not a nuclear power fifty miles away (within artillery range) from a hugely dense populated city (Seoul, South Korea).
Fox News reported Mad Dog Mattis as saying:
“This is a threat of both rhetoric and growing capability, and we will be working with the international community to address this. We are working diplomatically, including with those that we might be able to enlist in this effort to get North Korea under control. But right now it appears to be going in a very reckless manner. That’s got to be stopped,”
We must also consider Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments from a couple of weeks ago, when he said that twenty years of diplomatic effort to bring North Korea to a point of de-nuclearization have failed, end quote.
And with these statements in mind and all options now on the table, one may ask what’s behind the bellicose rhetoric of the new Trump administration. Considering Von Clausewitz’s concept about war being nothing but a continuation of politics by other means, when diplomacy fails, what else is on the table?
While neither Rex Tillerson nor James Mattis went into explaining what those options might be after all, it’s not hard to presume that they are talking about a preemptive strike on North Korea’s nuclear military installations, as an invasion is out of the question.
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