South Korea expert Victor Cha, a Georgetown professor long tapped as President Trump’s pick for Ambassador to South Korea, has issued a statement warning the US against carrying out any preemptive attacks against North Korea. After the Tuesday statement, an op-ed, officials now say he is no longer in consideration for the ambassadorship.
Cha warned an attack would not stem the threat of nuclear proliferation but make it worse, and would likely fuel efforts by North Korea to equip other US enemies out of a sense of vengeance.
He pointed out the foolishness of the argument for a “limited” strike, saying that if North Korea is so unpredictable that they can’t be dealt with diplomatically, they certainly couldn’t be counted on to react rationally to a US sneak attack.
Cha further warned that any US attack would likely quickly escalate and get out of hand, which analysts have been warning from the start. North Korea has said that their army has standing orders to retaliate fully to any US attack, which means the idea that a limited attack is even possible is doubtful.
With President Trump reacting so negatively to anything that downplays the chances of a US sneak attack, it’s unsurprising that Cha fell out of favor following this statement. It is not clear who the new ambassador pick wil be, but it’s safe to say whoever it is will favor US-imposed regime change, at least publicly.
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