Dr. Sue Mi Terry, a former analyst covering Korea for the CIA, is deeply disturbed by the current game of chicken between the Trump administration and North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un.
During her interview with Rachel Maddow, Dr. Terry explains that the parades and the mass displays for Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea, are nothing more than a display of arms. She speculates that one of the things we could see unveiled is an intercontinental ballistic missile that can hit the U.S. mainland. While we didn’t see it for Kim Il-sung’s birthday, we may very well see it during one of the many upcoming holidays on the North Korean calendar.
Maddow then proceeds to ask what is weighing heavily on everyone’s mind: If we take aggressive military action towards North Korea, what are the options and the likely consequences?
Dr. Terry’s response was alarming, but it confirmed what we all suspected would be the case.
“This is a problem with the brinkmanship policy because you’re putting yourself in a bind. Either you have to back down and sort of lose your credibility, or now you’re stuck on a ledge and risk a military option, which is very, very risky. North Korea is not Syria. It’s not Afghanistan. It’s going to have to be devastating consequences. North Korea will retaliate to any kind of military option.”
She goes on to say that North Korea has 70% of its ground forces and half of its air and naval forces ready for deployment within 100 kilometers from the demilitarized zone, posing a direct threat to millions of people in South Korea, including American troops.
When asked for her opinion of President Trump’s policy, she referred to it as “not a smart idea, and added, “It’s a gross miscalculation.”
You can see the interview below, with the relevant portion beginning around the 4:00 mark:
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