How China benefits from Nork nukes

Ralph Peters:
If worse came to worst and North Korea detonated a nuclear warhead above Honolulu, the losses would include up to 44,000 US troops, as well as our vital bases ringing the city — beginning with Pearl Harbor.

Who would benefit?

Not North Korea. We’d level that mountainous country.

Certainly not us, with our Pacific forces crippled to a degree the Japanese couldn’t have hoped to achieve in 1941.

The sole winner would be China — not even a party to the conflict. And that is a cardinal reason why Beijing will not help us halt Pyongyang’s nuke and missile programs.

Washington has deluded itself into bipartisan groupthink yet again, desperate to believe that, if only we better explain our argument, China will turn on its most important ally, North Korea. Our folly ignores the strategic perspective entirely: We don’t even try to identify China’s ultimate goals.

The central Chinese ambition is to become the dominant military (as well as economic) power in the Pacific. North Korea could fulfill that ambition for Beijing without the Chinese firing one shot.

Nor would our losses be limited to Pearl Harbor, Pacific Command Headquarters at Camp H.M. Smith, Ft. Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Hickam and Wheeler Fields, the vast and venerable Tripler Army Medical Center or the various other military facilities we’ve concentrated around Honolulu.
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There is more.

North Korea would also target US bases in Japan and Guam and San Diego on the mainland.  The best way to stop such attacks is a preemptive attack on North Korea with nuclear weapons to utterly destroy its ability to make war.  China could then deal with the fallout its policies caused.

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