Numbers favour North Korea
“WE could lose against North Korea.”
It’s not something starspangled US powerbrokers would want to hear.
Nor is it easy to comprehend, given the highly visible technical advantage US air, naval and ground forces enjoy over Kim Jong-un’s largely eclectic mix of equipment.
But according to retired lieutenant general Jan-Marc Jouas, numbers have a quality of their own. And the former deputy commander of US Forces in Korea warns that when it comes to US and allied forces in the region, scratch the surface and things may begin to fall apart.
His leaked letter to members of Congress comes shortly after US Pentagon officials warned it would take a ground invasion of North Korea to destroy its nuclear arsenal.
And US President Donald Trump has repeatedly left open the option of open warfare with Pyonyang, threatening it with “total destruction” if forced to defend South Korea or Japan.
US troops “are vastly outnumbered by North Korean forces, as well as (allied) forces that will conduct the overwhelming majority of the fighting”, Retd. general Jouas writes in a leaked letter to members of US Congress.