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April 14, 2013
Should we bomb North Korea?
A provocative op-ed in today's New York Times by U. of Texas-Austin history professor Jeremi Suri, urging that we "Bomb North Korea Before It's Too Late": The Korean crisis has now become a strategic threat to America's core national interests. The best option is to destroy the North Korean missile on the ground before it is launched. The United States should use a precise airstrike to render the missile and its mobile launcher inoperable. President Obama should state clearly and forthrightly that this is an act of self-defense in response to explicit threats from North Korea and clear evidence of a prepared weapon. He should give the leaders of South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan advance notice before acting. And he should explain that this is a limited defensive strike on a military target -- an operation that poses no threat to civilians -- and that America does not intend to bring about regime change. The purpose is to neutralize a clear and present danger. That is...(Read Full Post)