(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.
â€œThe only way to â€˜locate and destroy â€“ with complete certainty â€“ all components of North Koreaâ€™s nuclear weapons programsâ€™ is through a ground invasion,â€ wrote Rear Admiral Michael Dumont on behalf of the PentagonÂ 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 forÂ Pyongyang’s â€œdeeply buried, underground facilities,” adding:Â â€œA classified briefing is the best venue for a detailed discussion.”
A group of former military veterans-turned-congressmen, most of them Democrats save forÂ Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., expressed deep concerns about that assessment, fearing a conflict that â€œcould result in hundreds of thousands or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting.
â€œTheir assessment underscores what weâ€™ve known all along: there are no good military options for North Korea,â€ the joint statement said.Â â€œThe President needs to stop making provocative statements that hinder diplomatic options and put American troops further at risk.
â€œIt 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 warnedÂ the regionâ€™s â€œtyrants and dictatorsâ€ of overall American strength.
â€œHistory has proven over and over that the road of the tyrant is a steady march towards poverty, suffering, and servitude,â€ Trump said. â€œBut 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.â€
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