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'The Military Has Seen the Writing on the Wall'

The United States is preparing for a war with North Korea that it hopes never to have to fight, says Senator Tammy Duckworth.
Source: Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters

When Senator Tammy Duckworth returned from a recent trip to South Korea and Japan, she brought back a sobering message: “Americans simply are not in touch with just how close we are to war on the Korean peninsula.” In a speech at Georgetown University, she laid out the U.S. military maneuvers over the past several months—including a nuclearpowered submarine to South Korea, the of three aircraft carriers to the Western Pacific, and the Army “mobilization centers” for deploying troopsand soldiers to fight in tunnels like those beneath North Korea—that inform this worry. In an interview with me, she said the U.S. military seems to be operating with the attitude that a conflict “‘will probably happen, and we better be ready to go.’”

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