McMaster: U.S. Preparing For “Preventive War” With North Korea

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

The United States is preparing for all options to counter the growing threat from North Korea, including launching a “preventive war,” national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in an interview that aired Saturday on MSNBC. The comments come after North Korea carried out two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the past month and after the president said he has been clear he will not tolerate North Korea’s threats to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons.

The key excerpts (full transcript):

H.H.: Let me switch if I can to North Korea, which is really pressing. And– and remind our audience, at the Aspen Institute ten days ago, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Joe Dunford, said, “There’s always a military– option. It would be horrific.” Lindsey Graham on Today Show earlier this week said– “We need to destroy the regime and their deterrent.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday, I believe, to North Korea, “You are leaving us no choice but to protect ourselves.” And then the Chairman of the Chief of Staff of the Army said, “Just because every choice is a bad choice doesn’t mean you don’t have to choose.” Are we looking at a preemptive strike? Are you trying to prepare us, you being collectively, the administration and people like Lindsey Graham and Tom Cotton for a first strike North Korea?

H.R.MWell, we really, what you’re asking is– is are we preparing plans for a preventive war, right? A war that would prevent North Korea from threatening the United States with a nuclear weapon. And the president’s been very clear about it. He said, “He’s not gonna tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the United States” if they have nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States; It’s intolerable from the president’s perspective. So of course, we have to provide all options to do that. And that includes a military option.

Now, would we like to resolve it short of what would be a very costly war, in terms of– in terms of the suffering of mainly the South Korean people? The– the ability of– of that North– North Korean regime to hold the South hostage to conventional fire’s capabilities, artillery and so forth, Seoul being so close. We’re cognizant of all of that. And so what we have to do is– is everything we can to– to pressure this regime, to pressure Kim Jong-un and those around him such that they conclude, it is in their interest to denuclearize. And there are really I think three critical things, came out of the president’s very successful summit with– President Xi of China that were different– that were different from past efforts to work with China, which has always been, you know, the– the desire, right, to work with China– on the– on the North Korean problem.

How many casualties will there be:

HH: In 1994, when the first North Korean deal with signed, the people who executed it, Gallucci, Dan Poneman, Joe Wit wrote a book. And they quoted a general saying, “If there is a conflict,” called Going Critical, “there will be a million casualties.” A million casualties. Is that still a good estimate of what happens if– preemptive strike unfolds in North Korea, General?

HRM: You know, one thing about war. It’s impossible oftentimes to predict. It’s always impossible to predict the future course of events. Because war is a continuous interaction of opposites, a continuous interaction between your forces and those of the enemy. It involves not just the capability to use force, but also intentions and things that are just unknowable at the outset. And so I think it’s important to– to look at– range of estimates of what could happen, because it’s clear that at war, it’s unpredictable. And so you always have to ask the question, “What happens next? What are the risks? How do you mitigate those risks?” And– and obviously, you know, war is– is– is the most serious decision any leader has to make. And so what can we do to make sure we exhaust our possibilities and exhaust our other opportunities to accomplish this very clear objective of denuclearization of the peninsula short of war?

Should Americans be concerned:

HHHow concerned should the American people be that we are actually on the brink of a war with North Korea?

HRM: Well, I think it’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with this. Right, the, so I think it’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with a rogue, brutal regime, I mean, who murdered his own brother with nerve agent in an airport. “I mean, think about what he’s done in terms of his own brutal repression of not only members of his regime but his own family,” McMaster added.

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  • Serious

    Create an island in the Pacific, a new country. Build there a nuclear intercontinental missile system. Then, this country made war against USA and send hundreds of nuclear missiles in USA.

    Someone have to stop this repressive and brutal regime called USA. They terrorize the world.

  • Serious

    What about a preventive war against USA ?

    • Spanker Dane

      Go ahead and try. Make our day.

      • Gary Sellars

        GFY buddy…

      • Admiral_Moorer_believed

        I think you would find that the outcome may not be what you hope for. . .

  • Vtran

    Only a U$ american CITIZEN would come out with such Garbage …. To prevent War, Launch a Preemptive Strike !

    • Serious

      I don’t want USA to threaten me. So, I will make a preventive war against USA.

      That’s called terrorism.

      • Vtran

        Unfortunately that may be the only option … as the “Bully” Does not respond to Reason !

        The only “tools” that the “Bully” understands is WAR, DEATH and DESTRUCTION of Others !

        • AlexandraPapadimitriou

          Well the bully has not invaded any country, has not sold any weapons to terrorists, has not interfered in political matters of other countries, has not dropped any atomic bomb and any kind of bombs, napalm, depleted uranium, phosphorus. Not to mention over one million dead Koreans, during the Korean War. Anyway, I don’t expect much from those that learn history from CNN, Fox News etc.

          • Vtran

            Really … sure they will not be long coming

          • Bru

            Very well said ! and millions of European civilians burned to death by US Napalm , not to speak of all the atrocities the US did when they attacked Vietnam and Korea.

  • Julius Meinel

    This globalist big, who sold his soul for 30 silvers to Juda deserves nothing but the boot.

    • Virgil Cane

      I think McMaster is actually fairly anti Israel but must keep tight lips in his company.

      • Gary Sellars

        McMaster keeps his lips tight alright… around Jooish cock. All goyim Murican satraps do.

  • Nigel Maund

    The “Deep State” is obsessed with starting a catastrophic war at all costs as their rotten and corrupt system is about to implode in the US and the people will at last take their vengeance on them and they know it. They are very dangerous now as they know the enormous scale of their hideous crimes and their guilt and they’re shit scared that they’ll at long last be held to account; albiet almost too late for humanity. Trump is being very weak in dealing with this problem. McMaster need to be kicked out asap; i.e., NOW!

  • FlorianGeyer

    American Military and Diplomatic logic are those of a spoilt child.

    There is a mountain of dead bodies that demonstrates that when a nation refuses to kneel before the alter of the Dollar without the ability to harm the US , it will be destroyed by the US.

  • Night Wind

    Inciting a Second Korean War has always been a goal of the Deep State. The ultimate goal is to destabilize and break up China.

  • cortisol

    The UN vote may turn advantegous to Russia and China. If Kim starts negotiating, the US ultimately loses the reason to stick around and may be peacefully removed from the peninsula. South Korea wants this to ultimately happen as well.

    No doubt this is why Russia and China will force Kim to negotiate, and they have means. After that, things will start turning better with big political shifts in the SCO sphere.

    • Ma_Laoshi

      Very optimistic. What I see is RF and CN continuing to deal with the US through half-coordinated appeasement, instead of standing shoulder to shoulder and telling them to back the hell off from threatening other people’s countries. The Kremlin in particular now has a long record of appeasing the US, and someone should ask Putin what he has to show for it except for emboldening the US into ever-escalating sanctions and demonization. I can appreciate that these two want DPRK to abide by existing resolutions, but this way they’re voting for escalating tensions in their own back yards.

      China is now reaping the bitter fruits from its very weak and borderline disloyal Syria policy, where they should have been right alongside Russia and Iran to give the fake “anti-terror” coalition its well-deserved bloody nose and send them limping home. People are wondering why the US continues to go on like this, but the answer is very simply that so far there have been no consequences for them.

      What is the excuse: Russia has plenty of Jews at home; Chinese are the Jews of Asia, and can think like the real deal if they put their minds to it. Both should be able to understand the Old Testament mindset, and how attempts to look reasonable will only be seen as weakness. A disarmed North Korea *will* be attacked, and the encirclement of RF+CN will have been carried one step further.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        They both have already have laid down that line with the US and finding there may be no more room for diplomacy at this point. They will give them another warning and the US better pay attention since they both are losing patience to an incredibly irresponsible bully.

  • Serious

    China should have given international nuclear missiles to North Korea.

    • Gary Sellars

      NK should sign a mutual defense pact with China. Attack one, attack all….

  • Jesus

    Why does not US make preventive war against Russia, since Russia can annihilate US in less than 30 minutes, with +2000 nuclear warheads? US should bully someone equal or close to its size and capabilities.

    • Spanker Dane

      Russia has not threatened to nuke US cities as the Fat Boy has.

      • Jesus

        The fat boy talked about nuclear retaliation in case of US attack against N. Korea.
        What is it you do not seem to understand?

        • Gary Sellars

          He’s just another stoopid Yankistani blowhard… facts and details aren’t important, its all about his bruised feelings of “exceptionalism” not being respected…

  • MeThinks

    Alot of jew provoceteurs

    Iran will be defended

  • Gary Sellars

    These septics are just bat-shit crazy….

  • gustavo

    I change of regime is needed in USA very urgent. Most of the world should be agree that a new regime is needed in USA.

  • Even the idea that North Korea presents a threat to the country with the Mightiest Military Machine this world has even see, a thousand foreign military bases, hundreds of thousands of troops in hundred of bases surrounding North Korea and itself protected by the two largest oceans on the planet is a phucking joke.

    And those stupid Yankees buy it!
    Yep – you really are the world’s exceptional people.
    EXCEPTIONALLY STUPID.

  • Mikronos

    The US sold its sanctions to the UNSC with no dissenting voice. Could they sell the UNSC on another peace-keeping military intervention in North Korea? Remember launching rockets hasn’t always been deemed a threat. The ones tested by the US certainly weren’t, were they? And developing a bomb isn’t the international ‘crime’ for some nations (like Israel or Pakistan or India – with real threats to need defense against) , as it seems to be for North Korea or Iran.

  • Dod Grile

    If Murder Inc “starts up” (goes hog wild) on Korea again it is going to lose in a big way. Almost makes one want to pause and say, “do it.” But then one considers the overall suffering and grief it will cause and one refrains from such a statement.

    If ever there was a candidate for the directorship of the Department of Pre-Crime this blood soaked malevolent little garden gnome is it.

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    The US government is a criminal organization who declares that anybody who resists it will be killed.

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    This USA fat fuck only generate wars.He knows that Pentagon deploy terrorists and later move in under pretext of attacking them and supply them with weapons like in Lybia and Syria.Stupid Chinese and Russia should fully support North Korea and oppose any sanctions which USA and puppet Nato countries imposes.

  • Blucross

    North Korea can NOT hit America with a missile.
    Please stop all this war rhetoric.