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America Is Not Ready for a War in North Korea

If loose words about fire and fury are a mere negotiating tactic, they will not deliver what the United States desires.
Source: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

If you want to know why you should be concerned that the United States could blunder into an ill-conceived war on the Korean peninsula, consider three statements:

“We’ll handle North Korea. We’ll be able to handle North Korea. It will be handled. We handle everything.” (Donald Trump, July 31)

“The president’s been very clear about it. He said he’s not gonna tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the United States. If they have nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States, it’s intolerable from the president’s perspective. So of course, we have to provide all options to do that. And that includes a military option.” (Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, August 5)

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.  They will be (Donald Trump, August 8)

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