You can believe North Korea has an operational ICBM with a nuclear warhead that it can deliver and is operable, or not believe it.
You can believe that Japan and the United States have enough spy capabilities to give enough warning if such a device were to be made ready to use or not believe it.
You can believe that the United States would act unilaterally and decisively against the preparation of such a weapon or not believe it.
However, if you believe for one moment that China is going to let anyone on their border launch a nuclear weapon, at anyone, anywhere, without their express consent and permission, that’s just plain gullible.
If Crazy Kim starts fueling an ICBM and the United States has a sub in the area (taking bets?) with a nuke on board, can you really hope that the President, any President of the United States, won’t, and hasn’t already planned to strike?
You can say that there are so many other ways to take out a nuke, but at the same time, this is a statement being made that any nuclear threat made against the United States or their Pacific Allies will be met in kind.
You really do not believe that a sitting American President is going to let anyone, especially a nut job with a history of murder, arm a nuke against this country and not retaliate as harshly as possible?
I think he or she would, and I think the next one most certainly would do so. Can you afford the luxury of believing anything else?
This worries me, and it ought to worry you, and if we agree in this, that we ought to be concerned, you can bet there are some people in China right now who are wondering what in the hell are they going to do when an American nuclear warhead is deployed and explodes thirty thousand feet above the Korean peninsula. If those concerned people are smart, and you can bet they are, then they’ve already decided what to do and when to do it, if any of this happens.
Do you seriously believe the Chinese reaction is going to be something you and I like?
Do you think the Russians are going to sit on the sidelines and hope for the best in this?
And what if the American president doesn’t strike quickly enough or hard enough and Los Angeles disappears? There, that’s the thought that will drive an American nuclear attack.
The Chinese, once an American nuclear weapon goes off within fallout distance of their homeland, what do you think they will do? What will Japan do when the radioactive cloud drifts west? What happens to Korea, North and South, after we strike?
What sort of world are we going to live in the day after we nuke North Korea?
What if the missile we fire at North Korea misses terribly?
“The indefinite combination of human fallibility and nuclear weapon will destroy nations.”