And this country should not use its remaining surgical strike capacity to eliminate the grotesque monsters who bleed the miserable North Korean people while they threaten us and their neighbors with death because?
Yes, I don’t mean “occupy.” I mean let the South Koreans and the Chinese pick up the pieces afterwards. It’s their cousins and and it’s their clients. They will grumble but they will be grateful.
Our military experts, or those who say they speak for them, are guessing that the North Korean dictatorial regime does not really have the means to hurt us, not badly at any rate, maybe not. Possibly they are bluffing. Or maybe they are not. We will soon find out if they do nothing. We will also find out if they do something.
This is another on of those cases where self-interest and common decency coincide.
You don’t want to apply the precautionary principle here because the situation is not as grave as, say, the possibility that average global temperatures will rise by two (2) degree Centigrade in one hundred years?
(Note: The precautionary principle would demand that we conduct such strikes on North Korean command centers just in case they are able and willing to hurt us.)
The policy of non-intervention that is a sacred to mainstream libertarians and, on and off, to liberals, is working just fine in Syria, you see (70,000, 80,000 civilian deaths later). That’s the place were Al Qaida is currently picking up a whole country next to Israel,* by default, our default and that of other democratic countries.
* I am not Jewish, never have been. I tried to be a born-again Christian but their alcohol policy sucks.