South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is sounding the alarm with regards to North Korea’s steadfast pursuit of an intercontinental ballistic missile delivery system of their nuclear arsenal. Lindsey Graham made his stance on North Korea very clear in statements to The Atlantic:
“If nothing changes, Trump’s gonna have to use the military option, because time is running out.”
Senator Graham went onto gauge a 30% probability of America initiating a “preemptive strike” against the rogue regime. In the event N. Korea conducts another ballistic missile test that probability would spike up to 70%, says Graham. The Senator refuses to gloss over the severe implications of war with North Korea, suggesting that such an event would mean “all-out war.” In the event of war with North Korea, Graham suggests victory would require the removal of both the regime and its nuclear arsenal, thus acknowledging the difficulties of such an engagement.
Senator Graham may seem a bit bullish when it comes to war with North Korea however, his reasoning is rather pragmatic.
“There is no surgical strike option. I am literally willing to put hundreds of thousands of people at risk, knowing that millions and millions of people will be at risk if we don’t stop North Korea.”
Graham remains optimistic about diplomacy as a means to resolve tensions, suggesting little to no preconditions for North Korea to come to the negotiating table.
“I’m not taking anything off the table to avoid a war. When they write the history of the times, I don’t want them to say, ‘Hey Lindsey Graham wouldn’t even talk to that guy.’”
Senator Graham is correct with regard to North Korea. With every single day, with every single missile test, North Korea becomes a stronger and more dangerous adversary. North Korea has displayed very little to no desire to stop their nuclear ambitions, in fact, they have grown. By developing and testing more sophisticated long-range missiles coupled with their inflammatory rhetoric they have only exacerbated tensions in the region thus, worrying American allies.
Tensions with North Korea will rise to the level of war at some point in the near future. The question Americans need to be asking themselves is: Do we really want to wait until North Korea has a reliable delivery system for a nuclear payload before we act? Sadly, if we continue to wait and we continue to allow further missile tests, the American people will have to acquiesce to the inevitability of nuclear war in the near future.