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Pentagon officials fears White House pushing for war with North Korea: report

Indeed this is aligned with Cha’s perspective. Cha wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post that giving North Korea a “bloody nose” would likely  kill “tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Americans.”

Cha explained:

“Some have argued the risks are still worth taking because it’s better that people die “over there” than “over here,” On any given day, there are 230,000 Americans in South Korea and 90,000 or so in Japan. Given that an evacuation of so many citizens would be virtually impossible under a rain of North Korean artillery and missiles (potentially laced with biochemical weapons), these Americans would most likely have to hunker down until the war was over.”

An alternative plan, Cha suggested, would be to pressure North Korea to remove their nuclear weapons, but this plan would require more strategic, diplomatic steps from the U.S.—such as strengthen its alliance with Japan and South Korea and the coalition of U.N. member states.

“This strategy is likely to deliver the same potential benefits as a limited strike, along with other advantages, without the self-destructive costs,” Cha wrote.

According to the New York Times, the alleged conflict between Pentagon officials and White House officials dates back to last summer. However, Pentagon press secretary told the Times that reports of a delay in providing the White House with military options were “false.”

Fear and the ongoing threat of preventative attack linger in some parts of Asia though. On Jan. 22, Tokyo conducted its first missile drill since World War Two.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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