Senator Lindsey Graham Backs A Pre-Emptive Strike On North Korea

The comments from Senator Lindsey Graham are probably not going to go over very well in South Korea that would take the brunt of any war with North Korea:

A ranking U.S. senator said the U.S. should launch a preemptive strike on North Korea if that’s what it takes to stop Pyongyang from building a missile capable of hitting America, even though such military action would mean war.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made the argument during an interview with NBC News, saying that war would be bad for South Korea, Japan and other countries in the region, but won’t reach the U.S., while an intercontinental ballistic missile could do.

“It would be terrible but the war would be over here (there), wouldn’t be here,” Graham said with a gesture with his fingers. “It would be bad for the Korean Peninsula. It would be bad for China. It would be bad for Japan, be bad for South Korea. It would be the end of North Korea. But what it would not do is hit America and the only way it could ever come to America is with a missile.”

Asked if he would support a preemptive strike on the North, Graham said, “If that’s what it would take.”  [Yonhap]

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I am a US military veteran that has served all over the world to include in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. I have been blogging about Korea, Northeast Asia, and the US military for over 10 years.


  1. He is apparently completely ignorant of how to successfully negotiate. A real embarrassment.

  2. That’s just a senator grandstanding for who knows what reason. President Trump just sent his VP here to explain the plan to the South Koreans and make sure we’re all on the same sheet of music. Really nothing to see here as far as Senator Graham is concerned.

  3. What if the Chinese were to militarily overthrow the North Korean government? The Chinese attack would end their problems with North Korea and likely break up the US-ROK alliance. I am not sure how DPRK would retaliate against China. Maybe DPRK possesses missiles that could hit China with nuclear weapons. Maybe DPRK ballistic missiles could target Chinese nuclear power plans.

  4. The way Chinese traditionally overthrew neighboring countries was to declare them long lost provinces and then install a puppet government.

    North Korea may have preempted that when they assassinated Kim Jong-nam; the potential puppet ruler.

    China probably has agents and sympathized in senior places in North Korea’s government and military. But Jong-un may be seeking them out and purging them too. Jong-un executed his own uncle and mentor for among other offenses, maybe being too close to China.

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