Monday, September 26, 2016
Preparing For Nuclear War On The Korean Peninsula
Bob Butterworth, Breaking Defense: Preparing for The Next War in Korea
Preparing for war can sometimes help prevent one, and those preparations are probably helpful if one does start. Perhaps it’s time to show North Korea what its forces would be in for, and to show our allies in the South that we are with them, seriously.
The best course may be through field exercises conducted jointly by US and South Korean conventional forces, demonstrating operational capabilities to be used in the face of nuclear strikes.
Often a second Korean War is imagined to end with US nuclear weapons destroying the North. True, this year United States has twice flown bombers over South Korea, perhaps to make sure that Kim remembers we have them. But it seems improbable that the US would use nuclear weapons in a war against the North, even if Kim Jong Un started the war by using atomic bombs.
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WNU Editor: If North Korea uses nuclear weapons .... I fail to see how the U.S. will not respond in kind. It would set up a horrible precedent (if nothing is done), and the pressure from our allies in Asia (and elsewhere), and among the U.S. military (and probably the U.S. public) to retaliate using nukes (and quickly) will be overwhelming.