All the Revelations From Hours of Testimony by the Pentagon’s Top Uniformed Officer - the Drive
What in the world made it wise to poke at a madman in charge of a whole country that has nukes?
My question for Kim Jong-un.
On North Korea:
- Whether it's six months or 18 months, it's soon that Kim Jong Un will be able to reliably deliver a warhead to the United States mainland and we should be conducting ourselves as if it is a matter of a very short time before they get that capability. The General emphasized: "We should assume now today that North Korea has that capability and they are willing to use that capability."
- Recent operations conducted (show of force flights) involved General Dunford, SecDef Mattis, and PACOM commander Admiral Harris directly in the planning and approval process so as to mitigate risk of a mistake or misunderstanding that could lead to a conflict. Such a miscalculation is supposedly a big concern among the DoD brass.
- The U.S. has no form of direct communication with North Korea at this time.
- The military's top leadership has made the conscious and coordinated decision not to use provocative terms that would exacerbate the crisis, especially those regarding destruction of the country and the regime, and to allow Secretary Tillerson to be the single source of messaging towards North Korea. He also noted that he "won't comment on things that our senior political leadership have said." In other words, Trump's rhetoric and tweets are totally detached from this carefully planned messaging strategy.