The annual military training exercises between the U.S. and South Korea are underway. Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets are taking part.
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It’s a five-day drill, and among those predicting a military conflict is Senator Lindsey Graham.
“The policy of the Trump administration is to deny North Korea the capability to hit America with a nuclear-tipped missile. Not to contain it. Denial means preemptive war as a last resort. That preemption is becoming more likely as their technology matures.”
He thinks Congress should start talking about a preemptive strike to destroy the North’s nuclear program.
“I think the president … has the ability to strike North Korea to protect the American homeland. But this discussion needs to happen among ourselves.”
Senator Graham says it’s time to evacuate non-essential Americans.
“It’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea. So I want them to stop sending dependents. And I think it’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea,” he said.
Regular listeners of Seattle’s Morning News will recall that Maj. Mike Lyons warned us non-military evacuations would be a strong indication that war is imminent.
National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster was on Fox saying the president still hopes China and Russia take action before war becomes inevitable.
“There’s a real grave danger to China, to Russia, to all nations … from a North Korea that’s armed with nuclear weapons.”
If not, then, as the president has said, he’ll take care of it.
“The president is going to take care of it if we have to by doing more ourselves. But we want to do is convince others it is in their interest to do more.”