A war plan for North Korea

NY Times:

‘Surgical’ Strike in North Korea Could Swiftly Turn to Carnage

  • Over decades, the Pentagon drafted and refined multiple war plans for North Korea. But the military options are grimmer than ever.
  • Even limited scenarios of an attack point to staggering civilian casualties in the South, and the prospect of nuclear warfare.
The North Korean government has already threatened nuclear war against the US and its allies.  Since that is the case it would be a mistake to wait for them to make such an attack before destroying that country's weapons with a nuclear strike of our own.  That would reduce the threat of civilian casualties for our allies and the US.  The no first use doctrine should be reconsidered when dealing with North Korea, which is threatening civilian casualties on a mass scale.  A "surgical strike" using conventional arms is unlikely to stop the carnage.


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