Strap Up: Mattis Says War with North Korea Would be ‘Catastrophic’

As North Korea continues to test missiles, the rest of us sit and wait to see what the next move will be. Will President Trump say “no more” and send forces? Will China finally step up and handle the fat kid, themselves?

Hawaii is bunkering down and preparing for a possible hit from the power hungry country and Trump has shown that we are absolutely not afraid to annihilate Kim Jong Un and his troops if they hit American property.

However, how bad would a war with the isolated nation be? Mad Dog James Mattis, United States Secretary of Defense, claims that it will be catastrophic as he gave a dark outlook on the scenario.

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Mattis stated, “The bottom line is it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat if we’re not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means.”

While they definitely would not be able to beat the United States, they could definitely do damage and take lives…and for what reason?

Fox News reports:

Mattis said in a televised interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that a conflict with North Korea would be “probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetime.”

Later Sunday, North Korea tested a short-range Scud ballistic missile off of its eastern coast, the U.S. military said. The statement said the missile flew for six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile flew about 280 miles.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said what appeared to be a North Korean ballistic missile fell within Japan’s exclusive maritime economic zone.

Suga responded to the test and stated, “We cannot tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea, and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form.”

Perhaps Japan will wipe them from the earth before anyone else has a chance to react?

There was no immediate comment from North Korea’s state controlled media. But the launch followed a report from the North that said leader Kim Jong Un had watched a successful test of a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon system. It wasn’t clear from the report when the test happened.

North Korea is still thought to be several years away from its goal of being able to target U.S. mainland cities with a nuclear ICBM, but each new test puts it closer to success. The North has a strong arsenal of short- and medium-range missiles that target Japan and South Korea and U.S. forces in the region, and it is working to perfect its longer-range missiles.

Let us pray that the draft letters do not start showing up in the mail with the names of our children printed on them. Let’s pray that China steps up and intervenes.

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