General “Mad Dog” Mattis knows we’d win any conflict with North Korea, but he warns that the human cost would be catastrophic, particularly for our allies in South Korea and Japan. Sadly, the unpredictable and perhaps insane North Korean leader appears not to share his concern for human life.
Business Insider reports:
Asked on Thursday by Rep. Tim Ryan of the House Appropriations Committee to explain why the US doesn’t just go to war to stop North Korea from developing the capability to hit the US, Secretary of Defense James Mattis painted a grim scenario.
“I would suggest that we will win,” Mattis said. “It will be a war more serious in terms of human suffering than anything we’ve seen since 1953.
“It will involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital, which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth,” Mattis said of Seoul, South Korea, which boasts a metro-area population of 25 million.
“It would be a war that fundamentally we don’t want,” Mattis said, but “we would win at great cost.”
. . . . Mattis made clear that the US was nearing the end of its rope in dealing with North Korea, saying: “We’re exhausting all possible diplomatic efforts in this regard.”
North Korea recently taunted Trump by saying it was capable of hitting New York with a nuclear missile, but Mattis said a war today would hurt our Asian allies.
“It would be a serious, a catastrophic war, especially for innocent people in some of our allied countries, to include Japan most likely,” Mattis said.
Watch Mattis’ full testimony:
Of course we would win. But the North Korean people don’t deserve the unquestioned result their leader recklessly provokes. These people, under totalitarian control, actually believe that Americans sit around plotting their death . . . while gratefully drinking fresh cups of hot snow.