WE’RE ALWAYS ‘LOCKED AND LOADED’
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’.”