President Trump’s nemesis in North Korea has now threatened to attack Guam in mid-August. Kim Jong Un has issued threats before but now he’s hurled a focused and specific threat at the island of Guam — a U.S. territory and home to several U.S. military bases.
According to Reuters, the Korean Central News Agency posted this warning yesterday:
‘The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA (Korean People’s Army) will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan,’ the report said. ‘They will fly 3,356.7 km (2,085.8 miles) for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam.’
Guam is well within the reach of North Korea’s ballistic missiles.
Trump’s off-the-cuff threats and tweets have been met with a strong response from North Korea. Both leaders are bombastic and clearly driven by ego with little regard for the damage that could be done if this gets out of control.
In the New York Times Daily Podcast, Former Secretary of Defense William Perry warns:
He is not the only one making dire predictions about what might happen should the rhetoric escalate. According to ThinkProgress, this past June Trump’s Defense Secretary James Mattis warned, “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. It would be a war that fundamentally we don’t want… we would win at great cost,” Mattis said of any potential clash with North Korea.
Trump’s bluster and un-presidential behavior, his basic lack of intellectual fitness to be President should scare each and every one of us. Just because many of us weren’t alive and didn’t experience the devastation of World War II or the Korean or Vietnam wars doesn’t mean that this can’t happen again. Any military action today could, of course, impose far more damage.
In addition, any conflict will not be limited to the United States and North Korea but will involve Russia and China. To think that anyone could “win” in such a situation is more than just a little naive.