To preemptively bomb or not to bomb - that is the question...

To preemptively bomb or not to bomb - that is the question... 

Bottom Line: After North Korea's latest provocation, it's first in two and a half months, they've claimed they can now reach the US and that North Korea is a "Nuclear Power".  Now we find ourselves in a high stakes game of chicken. On one hand China said the right things with the President's recent trip to Asia. China also stepped up sanctions on North Korea and sent a delegation to North Korea to theoretically discuss and end to this type of threatening activity. Now here we are... 

Was China simply posturing? They represent the best and most effective non-military weapon available but can we trust them to step up? They're the reason that North Korea has the ICBM's in the first place. In the meantime, we've got to consider our options given seriousness of the situation. Our options are essentially wait and play emergency defense if fired upon or take preemptive military action. So, what do we think? Pew Research recently wrapped up a study on the topic and here's what the average American currently thinks... 

  

Altogether this suggests that right about 50% would potentially be on board with taking action prior to an attempt on the US by North Korea with an additional 30% of Americans that are open to the notion. This question was asked independent of the President Trump specifically being the arbiter of that decision (I'd suspect that'd skew the results for political reasons) but it suggests that Americans are still generally behind the idea of doing what we think we need to do to protect ourselves militarily. Of course, save potentially 12% of the country, we'd prefer there not be conflict so let's hope that President Trump's tweet from yesterday: Just spoke to President XI JINPING of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea. Additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea today. This situation will be handled! 

Proves to be effective. 

 

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