(National Sentinel) The Defense Department says the only way to secure North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is via a ground invasion, something that is likely not very popular among Pentagon planners and members of Congress.
“The only way to ‘locate and destroy – with complete certainty – all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs’ is through a ground invasion,” wrote Rear Admiral Michael Dumont on behalf of the Pentagon Chiefs of Staff, in response to a question from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) about the escalating conflict.
He added that a ground invasion would also invite a nuclear counter-attack as forces searched for Pyongyang’s “deeply buried, underground facilities,” adding: “A classified briefing is the best venue for a detailed discussion.”
A group of former military veterans-turned-congressmen, most of them Democrats save for Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., expressed deep concerns about that assessment, fearing a conflict that “could result in hundreds of thousands or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting.
“Their assessment underscores what we’ve known all along: there are no good military options for North Korea,” the joint statement said. “The President needs to stop making provocative statements that hinder diplomatic options and put American troops further at risk.
“It is our intent to have a full public accounting of the potential cost of war, so the American people understand the commitment we would be making as a nation if we were to pursue military action,” it continued.
Breitbart News reported that a poll in September found that more than half of Americans favored military action against North Korea should it be necessary to end Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
In a speech in Japan on Saturday, Trump warned the region’s “tyrants and dictators” of overall American strength.
“History has proven over and over that the road of the tyrant is a steady march towards poverty, suffering, and servitude,” Trump said. “But the path of strong nations and free peoples, certain of their values and confident in their futures, is a proven path to prosperity and peace.”
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