There’s been a lot of tough talk circulating in the last few days about how America plans to respond to North Korea’s growing nuclear threat, prompted in part by the country’s sixth nuclear test on Sunday. Secretary of Defense James Mattis responded to the test by saying that “any threat to the United States, or its territories — including Guam — or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming.” President Trump recently threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

But despite all the posturing, know this: The Trump administration is not going to war against North Korea. Period.

Of course, you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. What seems to be throwing everyone into a tizzy is Mattis’ use of the word “threat.” What, exactly, constitutes a threat? If North Korea makes verbal threats — which seems inevitable — will we attack? Will Washington and its allies strike if North Korea tests another ICBM, which reports now suggest could occur as early as Saturday?

Some took Mattis’ statement to mean Washington could launch an attack at any moment, for almost any reason. That’s a …read more

Source:: The Week – World

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