North Korea Would Kill Millions, If Attacked by the United States

According to former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (he is also a former FBI agent), talking to Jake Tapper on CNN Friday, the United States has four real options on North Korea.

The first option is “decapitation,” striking the leadership of North Korea, including Kim Jong-un “and some of the senior leaders around him and take them out of the equation.”

The second option is a limited strike on North Korea’s nuclear capability.

The third option is a “full on, let’s get it done take out” of the 8,000 or so “artillery tubes down the border or as many as” possible “and move South Korean troops over the border or over the DMZ.”

The fourth and best option is diplomacy, if at all achievable.

Jake Tapper :

Theoretically, any of the military options you just described would set off not only the death of innocent people in North Korea, but North Korea would fire into South Korea at the very least, perhaps even Japan. We’re talking theoretically thousands and thousands of innocent people killed if the US military launches a strike.

Mike Rogers:

Well, depending on which option that they might take, Jake, that number is actually much higher. There are some estimates in the millions of casualties. Remember he has the ability; Kim Jung-un can launch the artillery strike of 8,000 tubes of artillery rounds, if all of them are functioning and all of them are firing, about one artillery round for every three square foot in the city of Seoul which is a city of about 25 million people.

Just that alone is devastating, let alone missiles and all the things that come after it, including biological and chemical which we clearly know that he has.

So the modelling for these things are not good.

I think that’s why you heard McMasters say, “We do have military options and we’re prepared to use them.” That’s true. We have all of the options I just described. What every person in national security debate talks about is what are the consequences of each one of those and can you mitigate it? Can you stop the violence before it escalates into something of full kinetic conflict that you can’t get out of until millions of people are dead?

And that’s all of these equations. And these have been modeled like ten ways from Sunday about what options are possible and aren’t.

I thought it was interesting: the South Koreans have just announced a decapitation brigade that they’re training. Pretty public way of sending a message to Kim Jung-un that we’re going to have a lot of specialized troops that can go in and take you out if we have to do it.

Note: The blockquoted text is accurate as near as dammit from the note I took of the conversation.

ISIS Claims Responsibility for London Bomb Attack

From the MailOnline:

Armed police have flooded London’s streets as the terror threat level was raised to critical amid fears the Parsons Green bomber could strike again.

The introduction of Operation Temperer will see soldiers replacing police at key sites including nuclear power plants to free up extra armed officers for regular patrols.

Scotland Yard said last night it is making ‘excellent’ progress in hunting the suspected terrorist who set off a crude bucket bomb on a packed commuter train by Parsons Green tube station in west London on Friday.

Had it worked as intended, a massive blast of fire would have killed dozens on the new, open-plan style train which — at 8.20am yesterday — was close to its capacity of nearly 1,000 people.

Mrs May said in a statement from Number 10: ‘The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has now decided to raise the threat level from severe to critical — this means their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent.’

London Tube Station Bomb blast Leaves 29 People Injured

From the Independent:

A manhunt is underway after nearly three dozen commuters were injured following an explosion at Parsons Green underground station in west London, which police are treating as terrorism.

Witnesses described seeing people with burns from the blast and other wounds caused when passengers rushed to escape the station.

Trump Followers Burning Their Make America Great Again Hats

From the Independent:

The crowds Mr Trump famously energised on the campaign trail with calls of ‘lock her up’ and ‘build the wall’ have, for the most part, vehemently defended their president in the face of sexism scandals, Russia scandals and accusations of nepotism.

Recent developments involving the scrapping of the Obama era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA though, appear to be the last straw for some Trump hard liners.

And some of President Trump’s followers have demonstrated their disgust by burning their Make America Great Again hats.

North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan

Millions of Japanese went into panic mode on Friday morning (Asia time) as yet another North Korean missile passed directly overhead before landing in the Pacific Ocean.

The missile launch — believed to have been an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) — followed a threat by North Korea to “nuke Japan and reduce the US ‘to ashes and darkness’ in response to the latest sanctions imposed by the UN.”

You have to wonder when the time will come that the United States decides enough is enough and launches a preemptive military strike against North Korea.

Kim Jong-un is playing a dangerous game; he seems hell-bent on provoking just such a militarily response from the United States. But to what end? He must know that if it comes down to it, North Korea would be no match against the United States and its allies.

Or is Kim counting on China’s military to have his back and be enough of a deterrent to keep the United States in check?

In any event, something will have to be done to neutralize the threat to the world posed by North Korea’s fast-developing nuclear weapons and missiles programs — and soon.

U.N. Security Council Unanimously Steps up Sanctions Against North Korea

From Reuters:

The United Nations Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea on Monday over the country’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test conducted on Sept. 3, imposing a ban on the country’s textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.

Earlier, Pyongyang warned the United States “that it would pay a ‘due price’ for spearheading efforts” to increase U.N. sanctions against North Korea:

“The world will witness how (North Korea) tames the U.S. gangsters by taking a series of actions tougher than they have ever envisaged,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

How Democrats Left Us Vulnerable to North Korea’s Nukes

It’s a story of an incredible lack of foresight by Democrats:

With last weekend’s surprise nuclear test, North Korea has reached final stage of its crash course to develop thermonuclear weapons that can reach and destroy U.S. cities. So why are we not on a crash course to protect our cities from North Korean nuclear missiles?

Answer: Because for more than three decades, Democrats have done everything in their power to prevent, obstruct or delay the deployment of ballistic missile defense.

Opposition to missile defense has been an article of faith for Democrats since President Ronald Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983. Sen. Edward Kennedy led the early opposition to what Democrats derisively labeled “Star Wars,” denouncing missile defense as a “mirage” and “a certain prescription for an arms race in outer space.” Running against Reagan in 1984, Walter Mondale called it a “dangerously destabilizing” and unworkable “hoax.”

“Reagan nonetheless moved forward with research and development,” and so did his successor, George H. W. Bush. However, when President Bill Clinton took office in 1993, he “cut national missile defense funding by 80 percent.”

Then, when “Republicans took over Congress, and passed a defense authorization bill in 1996 that required deployment,” President Clinton “vetoed it on the grounds that there was no threat.”

When George W. Bush took office in 2001, “he revitalized missile defense efforts” and things began to look up again — until Barack Obama became president in 2009 and “slashed funding for ballistic missile defense by 25 percent.”

In 1983, Reagan asked “Isn’t it worth every investment necessary to free the world from the threat of nuclear war?” For the Democrats, the answer was no. No one is happier about that today than Kim Jong Un.