What Options?

We hear all the President’s men when talking about what to do about the situation in North Korea…..”we have options”

For months now, the U.S. has been trying different measures to get North Korea to give up its nuclear program. In recent weeks, many have assumed that an attack on North Korea was no longer on the table – that there would be some sort of diplomatic solution, mainly focused on sanctions, that would force Pyongyang to fall in line.

But it’s dubious to believe that sanctions would cause North Korea to abandon something that it believes is so fundamental to its national security.

That seems to have been confirmed over the weekend by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who said that the U.N. Security Council has exhausted its options in dealing with North Korea and that the matter might have to be handed over to the Pentagon. We are therefore at the point where the possibility of military action must be taken seriously again. But in its attempt to deal with the threat from Pyongyang, the U.S. is facing another obstacle: South Korea.

Source: The US Faces Unsavory Choices in the Korean Peninsula – Geopolitical Futures

Options?  There is always options.  But in this case what the Hell are they talking about?  I do not like vague solutions for pressing problems and “we have options” is as vague as it can get.

As the doomsday rhetoric intensifies between two untested and inexperienced leaders in Pyongyang and Washington, the risk of actual combat is rising.

At the United Nations, President Donald Trump shocked most of the U.N. General Assembly by threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea to end the “suicide mission” of its “Rocket Man” leader. North Korea has threatened to create a “sea of fire” in both South Korea and the United States. On Saturday, U.S. B-1 bombers flew close to North Korea’s east coast on what the Pentagon said was a mission to demonstrate the military options available to Trump. The U.S. president commented that Kim Jong Un and his foreign minister Ri Yong Ho “won’t be around much longer” if they continue their rhetoric.F

So what are the military options that the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military could put in front of the president?

Source: James Stavridis: What are Trump’s military options in North Korea?- Nikkei Asian Review

None of these options are acceptable.

This needs to simmer down before someone says something they cannot walk back and the world becomes more messy than it is today.

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8 thoughts on “What Options?

  1. I am hoping they never decide to commit Special Forces into that country on some crazy mission, suggested as one option in the link. Like the author, I can only see that being doomed to fail in some way.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Yeah, not the brightest bulb of an idea….I am trying to put together a post on “soft diplomacy” as a tool against NK….a bit much sometimes…..chuq

      1. Trying to keep a close eye on ALL of them! But somehow in all of the chaos – our news media has ignored it all, including NATO activities in eastern Europe, China helping NK thru Africa, Russia/China exercises – How deep into the sand is our news media putting their heads?

      2. Really deep. That is why my Twitter account is mostly news and foreign policy…..I can find some good news as well as the manure the MSM wants us to believe…..chuq

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