Lindsey Graham: Fighting A War With North Korea Would Be "Worth It"

Before he was pushed out of the West Wing, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said in a purportedly unauthorized interview that what President Trump recently referred to as "phase two" - the dreaded "military option" for confronting North Korea - would inevitably lead to millions of casualties on the South Korean side of the DMZ. And that would be from conventional weapons alone.

And, as noted earlier, after a brief detente that saw the US and North Korea purportedly move closer to dialogue courtesy of the South Korea Olympics, the bellicose rhetoric that had become a near-daily presence in US media headlines is set to make a comeback. And who better to kick things off than Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina senator, former Trump antagonist, and perennial cheerleader for US military intervention virtually everywhere.


Lindsey Graham

Graham told CNN during a brief interview that the devastating collateral damage caused by a US military strike against North Korea would be “worth it."

"All the damage that would come from a war would be worth it in terms of long-term stability and national security," the Republican senator from South Carolina told CNN. "I'm completely convinced that President Trump and his team reject the policy of containment… They've drawn a red line here and it is to never let North Korea build a nuclear-tipped missile to hit America."

In another absurd claim, Graham claims that Americans shouldn't worry about the deadly consequences of a targeted strike in North Korea, because all of the violence and killing will be unfolding over there.

And with that, Graham exposes the hypocrisy at the core of the aggressive foreign policy posturing that has dominated American politics since the days of Henry Kissinger: as long as there are minimal American casualties, the US shouldn't hesitate to intervene in foreign affairs even if (or perhaps especially) it means millions of casualties.

"If there’s going to be a war to stop [Kim Jong-un], it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die here," he added. "And [Trump] told me that to my face."

"That may be provocative, but not really. When you’re president of the United States, where does your allegiance lie? To the people of the United States."

As we reported earlier, the KCNA referred to the drills that are set to resume next month as bringing "dark clouds of a war to hang over the Korean Peninsula." It also called for the international community to denounce Washington's push to "aggravate the situation on the Korean peninsula at any cost."

And what's worse for the US, North Korea isn't the only foreign adversary engaging in menacing rhetoric. In a surprisingly bellicose speech made yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a new long-range ballistic missile that he says is capable of circumventing US anti-ballistic missile protections, a reference to the US-funded missile shield installed by NATO in Eastern Europe.

While we doubt that that Graham's opinion would be changed if faced with the specter of potential Russian involvement as part of a North Korean operation, the fact that US neocons are perfectly willing to risk a nuclear war just to promote the interests of the US military-industrial complex is very concerning, especially now that with the Olympics over, there is little stopping the North Korean conflict from escalating to its next, and much deadlier, phase.


Itinerant stacking12321 Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:42 Permalink

Everybody keeps thinking the North Koreans will primarily target their fellow-countrymen in Seoul.
More likely Japanese, who the Koreans have hated for a century (rightly so), offer lucrative urban targets, and have allied themselves with the main enemy (USA).

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greenskeeper carl Itinerant Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:51 Permalink

Im sure they have plenty of shit to launch at both. I love how callously he disregards the lives of the SKs, who are supposed to be one of our closest allies, not to mention the millions of Norks who will be killed, most of whom have zero say in any of this either.


I think he should lead the first charge. Lets see it. Him and his ilk are a far greater danger to this country than Kim or NK.

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lew1024 Mr. Universe Sun, 03/04/2018 - 02:34 Permalink

Far, far, far worse than no washers and dryers.

S. Korea is one of the leading semiconductor manufacturing and die packaging countries in the world, maybe #2 behind Japan. If any of those plants go down, manufacturing around the world will stop. Chipmaking doesn't have a lot of excess capacity and all plants can't run all proceses, so getting a plant back online could be the only way to resume production of, for example, some specialized power amplifiers.

They also make a lot of other electronic components, and power supplies, all kinds of assemblies used in other manufacturing operations.

Supply lines all over the world would snap. Kill a few hundred thousand S Koreans implies wounding 10X that number. How do you get a manufacturing economy going again when 5% of your population is incapacitated for weeks to years and another 5% of working age people are taking care of them?

No, the cost of a war with NK will be huge for the world economy.

Who is Trump extracting concessions from here? Japan? China? Russia?

I think it likely that Pakistan and Iran had a hand in the NK nuclear programs, part of Trump's problem with Iran.

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Oldwood Mustafa Kemal Sat, 03/03/2018 - 23:05 Permalink

The beauty of non interventionism is that no matter what happens, it's not your fault. In the end, that's all that matters, right? 

It is a simple thing, doing nothing....and there's always a good reason. Our path is seldom clear, but what we do know is that we have managed to create a government that believes it has a responsibility and a mandate to intervene in ANY circumstance to protect US from everything. While we know this is impossible, we nonetheless seem to keep demanding it, even the most conservative constitutionalist screaming for the government to do one thing or another. 

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Fascal Rascal … philipat Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:29 Permalink

Why isn’t McCain singing bomb bomb bomb?

pain.  now or later? 

after all these years..  pain gonna be more. Sorry...   MOAR.

not funny though..

a lot of stupid fuckers, if they had choice between north korea or their own family would choose kimmy now because Trump is a big old meanie.

 but dumbasses will cry foul when fucking missiles are flying.

You are pole smokin, ass dripping, faggots. 🤭

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lew1024 Mazzy Sun, 03/04/2018 - 02:40 Permalink

No, I must protest such inhumanity. Garotting is too good for them. Too quick for them, the only satisfaction for the rest of us is imaging what they must have felt as their time comes closer.

Good as my imagination is, it isn't enough. No, the answer is the Pilluri, real satisfaction available to the common man, no matter how exalted the criminal. Piss On Them is higher civilization.…

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Mazzy TahoeBilly2012 Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:30 Permalink

Cucks living in South Carolina apparently keep reelecting him.  And I do mean cucks in the literal sense.  The South (which will never rise again) is full of cucks who like nothing more than to see their women breed with the mongrel races. Good luck you Southern sissy fuckwads (you know it's the truth, don't shoot the messenger here).

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