While congress is continuing to move forward with their witch hunt over the President’s purported ties to Russia, the U.S. Defense Secretary has other, more urgent worries to attend to.
General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, President Trump’s much-heralded choice for the nations top national security position, has long been respected by both the U.S. military member who have served under him and by the American people in general. His no-nonsense, metered enthusiasm and attention to detail has provided our great nation with a sense of calm durability during his brief time in office.
In other words: When Mad Dog barks, you listen.
Now, General Mattis is calling for further attention on the issue of North Korea, the hermit kingdom in Asia who has refused to cease their incessant threatening of the United States, their illegal missiles tests, and their advancement in nuclear technology that are forbidden by international law. Instead, Kim Jong Un and his military leaders have been making far more progress in these disciplines than originally deemed possible, creating a much more urgent threat, according to Mattis, than we give them credit for.
“‘The regime’s nuclear weapons program is a clear and present danger to all, and the regime’s provocative actions, manifestly illegal under international law, have not abated despite United Nations’ censure and sanctions,’ Mattis said in a written statement to the House Armed Services Committee.
“‘The most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security is North Korea,’ the statement added. ‘North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them has increased in pace and scope.’
“Earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council expanded targeted sanctions against North Korea after its repeated missile tests, adopting the first such resolution agreed by the United States and China since President Donald Trump took office.
“The U.S. focus on North Korea has been sharpened by dozens of North Korean missile launches and two nuclear bomb tests since the beginning of last year and by Pyongyang’s vow to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.
“Mattis, speaking before the panel, warned of the potential losses in the case of conflict with North Korea.
“‘It would be a war like nothing we have seen since 1953 and we would have to deal with it with whatever level of force was necessary … It would be a very, very serious war,’ Mattis said.”
In many previous cases, China has been able to lasso the wayward neighbor nation back to acceptable international behavior through the threat of force and the use of sanctions, allowing the United States to keep Kim Jong Un at an arm’s length as to not promote further anti-American propaganda for use by the “supreme” leader.
During this latest quiet conflict, however, China’s refusal to buy North Korean coal has been less effective. Not only will the boycott of coal, responsible for 40% of North Korea’s entire GDP, exacerbate the already deplorable human rights situation in the reclusive nation, but it has had the secondary effect of revitalizing North Korea’s previously defunct opium industry…a dangerous game for Kim and his cronies who are looking to compete with the U.S.-protected Afghan production of opiates for medicine.