US Carrier Strike Group Arrives Off Korean Coast

Sen. Coons: US Might Have to Attack North Korea

Nearly a month after it was initially presented as being en route, the USS Carl Vinson and its carrier strike group today finally arrived off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, joining joint military operations with South Korea and once again raising the possibility that the United States might attack North Korea outright.

The USS Carl Vinson took the long way round, leaving Singapore on April 8 and heading the opposite direction from Korea, ending up off the coast of Indonesia by April 18. Officials have since then struggled to explain why President Trump and others claimed the “armada” was being rushed to North Korea

It’s arrived now, however, just days after the White House briefing of the entire Senate, and amid a new round of US threats against North Korea. Sen. Chris Coons (D, DE) from the Armed Services Committee once again talked up the idea of the US conducting a “first strike” attack on North Korea, saying it was a “serious” possibility.

North Korea has threatened massive retaliation against any US attack, and while the White House has mostly dismissed that risk, US military officials have confirmed that North Korea is capable of massive retaliation in the event of a war, potentially leading to mass casualties and widespread damage in South Korea.

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Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.

  • Idiotland

    Once again the useless corporate warmongering dems rear their ugly heads. I guess they just can’t help themselves.

    • Mork

      Don’t let them make a partisan fool of you. There are plenty of sellout, corporate hawks on both sides of the aisle. For an excellent example see: McCain, John.

  • nhmakingwaves

    Self-defense by striking back, first. The empire has all sorts of excuses for attacking everyone, sooner or later.

  • nhmakingwaves

    Yeah I guess I do expect the USA to kill millions of N and S Koreans because we feel unsafe about the prospect that the N might eventually have weapons that can threaten us. “Trying diplomacy” means forcing any non-allied nation to give up WMD, while the US and its allies massively expand their WMD capabilities. It’s just pretty bleak man… a world of total hypocrisy, massive death, and where being an ally of the US is a good way of getting thrown under the bus whenever convenient. This is no football game.