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Trump's "Bloody Nose"
Strategy For North Korea
Targeted Strikes, Avoid Nuclear War
"Dear Leader" and his million-man army
By Ray Cunneff
January 10, 2017
Several reputable news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, The Telegraph (UK) and Axios, are reporting high-level talks among Trump administration officials about the potential to conduct a limited, surgical military strike against sites in North Korea in a "bloody nose" strategy.
The strategy involves launching targeted strikes against North Korean facilities in response to either a nuclear or missile test. The strike would be meant to humiliate North Korea's regime by demonstrating the potential consequences of its actions without leading to an all-out, possibly nuclear, war.
Needless to say, this is a very risky proposition fraught with the possibility for unintended consequences. The Pentagon has signaled that it has little appetite for such an action, but the Trump administration seems intent upon a more muscular strategy.
Relations between North Korea and the international community have been hair-trigger tense following a series of nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches.
The U. N. Security Council voted unanimously in late December to impose sanctions on North Korea intended to strangle its economy.
But just as hopeful signs of a slight thaw in relations between North and South Korea regarding the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics have appeared, these reports can do little to help improve the tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The strategy relies on North' Korea's deified and belligerent leader, Kim Jong Un, to correctly interpret the attack as a limited, punitive strike and not the first shots fired in a second Korean War.