Plans to strike N. Korea have existed for decades
For decades the U.S. military has had an open secret known as OPLAN 5027. It’s a plan to take out North Korea.
Bombard their arsenal. Devastate Pyongyang. Take out the top leaders. The plan has changed over the years, but the big picture is the same: If they mess with the U.S. or South Korea — the U.S. will seriously mess with them.
This is why everyone needs to stop freaking out over President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about North Korea. He’s just being a responsible commanderin-chief.
On Friday morning Trump reminded the world that the U.S. was ready to strike North Korea if it came to it.
“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
Cue the outrage and hysterical response. But, I ask, over what? He basically said they better not act on their plans to send missiles toward Guam because if they do, they will be met with a U.S. retaliatory strike that’s already in place.
What’s wrong with that? It’s just the truth. And a truth that it’s important Kim understands.
Jim Geraghty, writing in the National Review Friday morning, sums it up well: “Begin with the assumption that we do not want to fight a war on the Korean peninsula. If we want to avoid that, we need to deter North Korea from taking any other actions that will be so provocative, they will require retaliation.
“In other words, to preserve peace, North An ICBM is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang in April. Korea has to believe that the United States is completely willing and able to fight a war, and fight it until the regime in Pyongyang is destroyed.”
There’s nothing uniquely Trump-like about this argument. It’s just a rehash of the Latin saying that “if you want peace, prepare for war.”
As OPLAN 5027 and other such documents tell us, the government would be doing this with or without Trump in office. Hillary Clinton would be doing it too. And she’d probably be giving Kim a similar reminder of our powerful abilities around about this time as well.
On Friday morning I tweeted out that what Trump is referring to are plans or variations of such plans that were devised long before he came into office. Somehow, my remark became popular in antiTrump circles in the U.S., the retweeters taking it I guess to mean that the president isn’t actually leading on this issue.
Quite the opposite. Trump’s words are nothing to lose your cool over precisely because they’re based on sound assessments of past plans mixed with new information and priorities. They’re not just based on “heated rhetoric” as the media narrative is trying to spin it.
As Politico reported Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said they were “always looking at military options.” Drawing up these plans is routine.
In an interview last April, then-president Barack Obama reminded the world that the U.S. “could destroy North Korea with our arsenals.” He added that he of course didn’t want things to turn out that way — just as Trump has stated many times. All Obama was saying is that we want peace, but we’re prepared for war.
These remarks came out a few months after the U.S. signed OPLAN 5015 under Obama’s watch, a renewed joint strategy with South Korea that included exercises to assassinate Kim.
The world didn’t lose their cool back then.
Obama’s words were an accurate statement and a not-so-gentle reminder that the rogue state better not try any funny business.
No one should stress over Trump’s remarks today either.
Except Kim Jong-un, that is.
And that’s the whole point.
KIM Another path?