To borrow a phrase that was used hundreds – if not thousands – of times by leftists in the months following the election of Barack Obama, President Trump was “dealt a bad hand.” This is not an excuse for inaction or strategic mistakes, however, sort of like how the liberals used it to cover up Obama’s foolishness. Rather, the fact that Donald Trump was dealt a bad hand with regards to foreign policy is simply reality. Due largely to the fecklessness and the submissiveness of the prior administration on the global stage, America now faces several dangerous threats, not the least of which is North Korea.
For months now, President Trump and Kim Jong-Un have been engaged in a war of words, so to speak, with both leaders casting threats at one another without actually pulling the trigger. However, in addition to these threats, Kim Jong-Un has been repeatedly testing intercontinental ballistic missiles, almost as if he is trying to provoke the United States into making the first move. Many Americans and conservative commentators, such as nationally syndicated radio host “The Great One” Mark Levin, rightfully believe that the time has come for us to consider taking action against North Korea before they have a chance to strike.
“He needs to be taken out,” Levin said of Kim Jong-Un on his radio program back in April. “This inbred is hell-bent on developing long-range ICBMs – which he doesn’t need.” Levin went on to explain that he’s “not a neocon,” and that he just wants to protect America.
Indeed, the time to strike North Korea may have arrived. Waiting around while one of our greatest enemies continues to threaten us and produce powerful long-range weapons is not a strategy; it is surrender. But before the United States officially pulls the trigger, it is helpful to know what exactly we would be getting ourselves into.
Rob Givens, who was the deputy assistant chief of staff for operations of U.S. Forces Korea as well as special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently published an article on BreakingDefense.com to help shed some light on the matter. According to Givens, war with North Korea will look something like this: “Thousands of aircraft will wage an epic battle across the entire Korean Peninsula. The two American Air Force fighter wings – 100-plus fighter aircrafts permanently stationed there – accompanied by our South Korean partners would fight the opening minutes, striking against the North’s aged, but plentiful air forces while also bombing Kim Jong-Un’s missiles and artillery.”
Givens ultimately concludes, “North Korea’s casualties would be appalling. The estimates are that we would inflict 20,000 casualties on the North each day of combat.” Sadly, this sort of violence and mayhem is expected when two nations go to war with each other. While 20,000 North Korean casualties per day is certainly unfortunate, it would be unwise for President Trump and his military advisors to let it dissuade them from taking action. There is simply too much on the line.
What would happen if one day, North Korea’s threats turned into action? What if they finally developed an effective ICBM that could carry a nuclear warhead over a long distance, and then used that ICBM to reduce one of America’s cities to rubble? And then what if instead of U.S. forces taking the battle to the other side of the world, the North Koreans infiltrated our country and began taking over? The amount of innocent American lives that would be taken would be innumerable, and as commander-in-chief, that is something that President Trump should do everything in his power to prevent. Because when it comes to war with North Korea, it really is a simple reality – it’s either them or us.
Why preppers should expect a war between the U.S. and North Korea in the near future, and why you can’t waste any time getting ready:
As preppers, we’re constantly on the look out for any bit of information that could signal chaotic times ahead. Consider this article one of those rare early warnings, and act accordingly.
If you’ve been paying any attention to the rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, you know what’s driving them: Pyongyang’s continued desire to develop nuclear weapons as well as the means to deliver them to every corner of the world. You also know that President Donald J. Trump has vowed that he will never let the North develop nuclear-capable ICBMs that can threaten the destruction of American cities, and that includes leaving on the table the option of using military force to destroy the North’s capabilities.
Well, we may have already reached the point of no return regarding North Korea — and a war aimed at destroying the regime of Kim Jong-un as well as the country’s nuclear and missile programs. (RELATED: Trump says he’s considering ‘severe things’ in dealing with North Korea)
While America celebrated its 241st birthday, Kim was supervising the launch of a new missile that U.S. experts believe is capable of striking parts of Alaska and the Northwest portion of our country. As NewsTarget reported this week:
Over the weekend Pyongyang once again defied U.S. and international warnings to refrain from further development of its ballistic missile program, testing an ICBM that had never before been seen.
What’s more, the North is continuing to develop its nuclear weapons program, with the end goal being the actual deployment of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles that would endanger not just the U.S. but every country on earth.
For decades the U.S. and other countries — South Korea, Russia, China, and Japan — have been working to ‘convince’ North Korea to end its programs. But those efforts have consistently failed, largely because North Korea’s leadership over the years has refused to abandon what it sees as a guarantee for the regime.
“Some have now adopted the view that we should try something new, like diplomacy,” said Bruce Klingner, an expert on North Korea who is a senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation. “Well, my meetings with North Korean officials last month in Europe indicated that—as has been said in other private meetings with North Koreans—denuclearization is totally off the table. There is nothing the U.S. or South Korea could offer to abandon its arsenal [emphasis added]. And we’ve had eight international agreements that failed to prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons or give up the weapons they promised never to build.”
The one thing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fears most is losing power. The one thing he believes is the key to retaining his power and continuing to lead his country is the acquisition of nuclear-tipped ICBMs.
And experts say he’s not giving them up.
On top of that, the U.S. has signaled in no uncertain terms that the military option remains on the table. In fact, South Korea’s top U.S. general just issued a bold statement aimed at North Korea’s Kim: If ordered to attack, his forces are ready, willing and able to do so, and in horrific fashion.
“Self-restraint, which is a choice, is all that separates armistice and war. We are able to change our choice when so ordered… It would be a grave mistake for anyone to believe anything to the contrary,” said Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, in a combined statement with South Korean military leaders.
What all this means is that war with North Korea is likely, and sooner rather than later, given Pyongyang’s increased missile testing pace.
How would North Korea respond? Besides striking U.S., South Korean and Japanese military bases and civilian population centers within its reach, it is also very likely to launch concentrated cyber attacks on the infrastructure of all three nations. In the U.S., our financial institutions, dams, power grid, air traffic control systems and others that are computer-controlled are likely to be targeted.
So it won’t hurt to be extra-prepared for the chaos attacking, and disrupting, these systems will cause. You’ve been forewarned.
Sources Include: Conservative Review, Breaking Defense, and Newstarget