By Col. Steven B. Vitali, USMC (Ret.)
The United States is positioned on a trajectory toward a “hot war” with North Korea to end that country’s nuclear intercontinental threat.
To avoid a conflict, only two options are available:
First, the U.S. must strongly demonstrate to China and North Korea by various military, monetary, and strategic actions that America will end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, even at the cost of a preemptive strike. The objective is to effectively persuade China to act against North Korea’s nuclear intentions.
The second alternative is to abandon the U.S.’s stated-policy of not allowing North Korea (or Iran) the ability to threaten the U.S. with nuclear weapons. This appeasement strategy is now the platform of Democrat politicians who enabled North Korea to sustain and fund their nuclear ambition over the last two decades.
Discredited former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice stated, “The U.S. can tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.” Her shocking appeasement appraisal stands in stark and foreboding recognition of the division that divides Americans today. The inability to acknowledge that evil exists in the world and the resilience to confront it and stop it is a departure from American historical precedence.
Rice advocates tolerance of nuclear blackmail as if a policy of mutual deterrence exists.
Russian state news agency TASS reports that Pres. Vladimir Putin has ordered the conscription of over 140,000 Russians into military service.
Defense Secretary James Mattis stated in a London press conference that North Korea’s behavior is increasingly reckless and must be stopped. Mattis also expressed concerns over Russian relations, such as growing Russian cooperation with the Taliban in Afghanistan – an association that Russian officials has both publicly admitted and denied.
The UK daily Independent reported that Saudi Arabia has recently deported over 40,000 Pakistanis over security concerns – including links to Islamist groups such as ISIS – and visa violations. Between 2012 and 2015 alone, approximately 250,000 Pakistanis have been deported from Saudi Arabia.
Victory Institute Senior Analyst Casey Martin contributed to this report
At 2245 local time (0945 Eastern), an explosion tore through the bottom of a South Korean naval vessel. The 1,200 ton, 104-passenger ship reportedly began sinking off the coast of South Korean-controlled Baengnyeong Island. ROK forces have scrambled to the area, which is a contested maritime boundary. An investigation is underway to determine whether the explosion was caused by a torpedo attack. Unconfirmed reports state that the ship has already sunk.
Shortly after the first reports of the sinking, South Korean news agency Yonhap said that another South Korean ship fired shots toward an unidentified target in the direction of North Korea. Local residents reported having heard gunfire for about 10 minutes from 11 p.m., Yonhap said.
The Joint Chiefs official said he could not confirm the shooting but said the military was strengthening its vigilance in the area.
South Korean broadcaster SBS said many sailors were feared dead.
The North Koreans have repeatedly violated South Korea’s boundaries, and have exchanged gunfire numerous times, with two fatal incidents in the past ten years.
This is why countries should win wars, not declare cease-fires.
A North Korean naval vessel ventured nearly a mile into South Korea’s boundary, ignoring several warning shots fired by a South Korean vessel on patrol. A battle ensued, resulting in the flaming North Korean vessel returning to its own border, reportedly killing one and wounding three Nork sailors.
This event marks the 22nd time this year that the Norks have violated South Korea’s territory, and the first naval exchange in seven years.
As Mark Steyn points out in his book America Alone:
North Korea has millions of starving people; it has one of the lowest GDPs per capita on the planet, lower than Ghana, lower than Zimbabwe, lower than Mongolia.
But it’s a nuclear power.