Re­lax, ev­ery­one

Plans to strike N. Korea have ex­isted for decades

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - AN­THONY

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?

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