(National Sentinel)Â War: In direct contrast to the claims of most U.S. diplomats and political pundits, the Pentagon does indeed have a ‘military option’ ready and available for North Korea, should war become necessary, according to Defense Secretary James Mattis.
As reported by theÂ Washington Times:
U.S. military strategists at the Pentagon have a military solution in place to address the growing threat emanating from North Korea, but they are holding their fire in favor of ongoing diplomatic efforts by Washington and its allies, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday.
The Pentagon chief remained largely mum on the details of that military solution, which theoretically would curb Pyongyangâ€™s efforts to develop a nuclear-capable, ballistic missile arsenal, except to say any military option would be a multilateral one involving a number of regional powers in the Pacific.â€œDo I have military options? Of course, I do. Thatâ€™s my responsibility, to have those. And we work very closely with allies to ensure that this is not unilateral either â€¦ and of course thereâ€™s a military solution,â€ Mr. Mattis told reporters en route to meet with senior leaders in the technology sector in Seattle and California.
â€œDo I have military options? Of course, I do. Thatâ€™s my responsibility, to have those. And we work very closely with allies to ensure that this is not unilateral either â€¦ and of course thereâ€™s a military solution,â€ Mr. Mattis told reporters en route to meet with senior leaders in the technology sector in Seattle and California.
â€œWe want to use diplomacy. Thatâ€™s where weâ€™ve been, thatâ€™s where we are right now. and thatâ€™s where we hope to remain. But at the same time, our defenses are robustâ€ and ready to take on any threat posed by the North Korean regime, Mattis continued.
Asked about President Donald J. Trump’s “rhetoric” regarding North Korea — threatening “fire and fury” if provoked by Pyongyang — Mattis didn’t take the bait.
â€œI was not elected, the American people elected the president,â€ he said. â€œI think what heâ€™s pointing out is simply these provocations â€¦ [and] his diplomatic effort to try and stop it.”
As our editor J. D. Heyes wrote this morning, Trump’s rhetoric is perfect given the situation.
Mattis’ comments come on the heels of statements made by Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., last week. During an appearance onÂ NBC‘s “Today” show, he dispelled the notion that ‘no good options’ existed for North Korea.
â€œTheyâ€™re wrong,â€ he told host Matt Lauer of people who have said that. â€œThere is a military option to destroy North Koreaâ€™s program and North Korea itself. If thereâ€™s going to be a war to stop him [Kim Jong Un], it will be over there. If thousands die, theyâ€™re going to die over there, theyâ€™re not going to die here and heâ€™s [Trump] told me that to my face.â€