Is it time for the U.S. to use military force in North Korea? | The Tylt
Is it time for the U.S. to use military force in North Korea?
Here is America's top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, talking about North Korea on "Face the Nation." Following the airstrike on Syria, many analysts believe President Trump will be far less patient with North Korea than his predecessors.
Here's the problem—North Korea may not be able to retaliate against the U.S. if armed forces launch a preventative attack, but dictator Kim Jong-un can inflict untold damage on his neighbors. One bad move, and the U.S. could jeopardize the lives of millions of Korean civilians and over 28,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea. That's to say nothing of Japan, which is also within striking distance of North Korean missiles.
Nuclear weapons are bad, but starting a nuclear war with a preventative strike might be worse.
Trump has a lot more options than just launching Tomahawk missiles at Pyongyang. In a battle of brinkmanship between two strong men, the one who flinches first is likely to set off a catastrophic chain of events.
Yes, we want to ensure both our allies and Americans are safe, but we also don't want to escalate an international crisis into World War III. Options like moving nuclear weapons into South Korea or launching a preventative strike not only threatens our allies, but risks escalating tensions with China. Beijing has no desire to see nuclear weapons and military equipment in its backyard. Do we really want to start another ground war in Asia?
As the State Department already reiterated, the time for talk is over. This isn't just about defending our allies in South Korea or Japan, but protecting the U.S. homeland. North Korea is close to developing long-range nuclear missiles capable of attacking the West Coast, and Kim Jong-un is looking to shake up the power dynamics.
"That's why they want to be able to reach the continental United States, so they can effectively hold us hostage," Cha said. "Do we really want to trade Los Angeles for whatever city in North Korea?"
Years of broken diplomacy and zero action have gotten us to this point, and now the lives of U.S. citizens are directly threatened by North Korea's nuclear weapons program. We can't afford to ignore Kim Jong-un anymore. We must strike before Los Angeles is erased.
Diplomacy should always be the first solution, but it cannot always be the final solution. Years of diplomacy have failed and we may only have one real option left. Yes, war sucks, but nuclear annihilation sucks more. North Korea is not going to surrender its nuclear program through diplomatic means. That has been tried and it has failed. Attempting to do the same thing again and again, hoping to achieve a different result, is the definition of crazy.
“Three past presidents have sought political, economic and diplomatic steps to get North Korea to denuclearize but failed miserably,” Keane said. “All three tried to leverage China but also failed.”
How will your conscience feel if North Korea launches a nuclear ICBM at San Francisco?