WE’RE AL­WAYS ‘LOCKED AND LOADED’

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser H.R. McMaster made it clear to ABC’s “This Week” host Ge­orge Stephanopou­los on Sun­day that Pres­i­dent Trump’s “fire and fury” com­ments were in­tended to demon­strate that the U.S. will not tol­er­ate North Korean threats to U.S. cit­i­zens and al­lies, and that “am­bi­gu­ity” in the mat­ter was not par­tic­u­larly pro­duc­tive.

“We are pre­pared mil­i­tar­ily to deal with this if nec­es­sary. But we’re tak­ing all pos­si­ble ac­tions short of mil­i­tary ac­tion to re­solve this very grave threat to the United States and the world. And that in­cludes a very, a very de­ter­mined diplo­matic ef­fort led by our sec­re­tary of state. And it also in­cludes in­creas­ing sanc­tions, in­creas­ing pres­sure on the north, to con­vince Kim Jong-un that this is not in his in­ter­est to con­tinue this path of provo­ca­tion and es­ca­la­tory ac­tions. Any re­sponse that we have, we do in close co­op­er­a­tion with our al­lies in the re­gion. We have been pre­pared for any es­ca­la­tion on the Korean penin­sula since the armistice in 1953,” Mr. McMaster said.

“So we are locked and loaded?” Mr. Stephanopou­los later asked. “The United States mil­i­tary is locked and loaded ev­ery day — and es­pe­cially those who are on the front lines of free­dom, such as those that are sta­tioned in South Korea and those sol­diers, sailors, air­men, and Marines sta­tioned in north­east Asia, or ro­tate there. We have tremen­dous mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties. We have a very high de­gree of readi­ness. And so the United States mil­i­tary is al­ways locked and loaded,” Mr. McMaster re­sponded. “The pur­pose of ca­pa­ble, ready forces is to pre­serve peace and pre­vent war. And

Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton said it, ‘The most ef­fec­tive way of pre­serv­ing peace is to be pre­pared for war’.”

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