A former CIA analyst who specialized in the Korean peninsula says that she is deeply concerned with President Trump’s apparent approach to the highly secretive nation.
When it comes to North Korea, military options do not work through the same calculus as other nations in which the U.S. has grown accustomed to using military force. This is particularly concerning since President Trump, for all of his gusto and bravado about being a ‘negotiator’ and ‘deal-maker,’ so far has only demonstrated a single tactic in approaching negotiations: ultimatums.
And that approach has, so far, failed miserably in domestic politics and will do even worse in foreign affairs, especially when it comes to nations like North Korea or even an Iran.
“If this president is weighing, for whatever reason, some type of novel, newly aggressive military action toward North Korea, what are the options and what are the likely consequences?” asked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow from former CIA expert Dr. Sue Mi Terry.
“He could weigh an option of intercepting a missile or an option of striking a nuclear test site,” Dr. Terry explained. “But I honestly don’t think he is going to follow through with this. This is a problem with that policy because you’re putting yourself in a bind, either you have to back down or you have to lose your credibility, or now you’re stuck on a ledge and risk a military option, which is very, very risky. North Korea is not Syria or Afghanistan. It’s going to have to be devastating consequences. North Korea will retaliate to any kind of military option.”
The North Korea expert also explained that some 70 percent of that nation’s ground forces and 50 percent of its air and naval forces are already deployed within 100 kilometers (60 miles) of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). There are 20 million people who live in Seoul, including almost 30,000 American troops.
“This is why I just don’t think this kind of policy, it’s not a smart idea,” she said, adding “it’s a gross miscalculation.”
Watch the segment here: