This is coolbert:
As extracted from the STRATEGIC OUTPOST column of the War on the Rocks Internet web site that evaluation of the current Korean Crisis and possible use of atomic weapons of eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat as perceived.
IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE TRUMP/KIM SUMMIT, HOW MUCH MORE GERMANE CAN WE GET?
"THE GROWING DANGER OF A U.S. NUCLEAR FIRST STRIKE ON NORTH KOREA"
By David Barno and Nora Bensahel OCTOBER 10, 2017
"The escalating tensions over North Korea have brought the United States closer to war on the Korean peninsula than at any other time in decades. Yet Washington is just as likely as Pyongyang, if not more likely, to initiate the first strike — and would almost certainly use nuclear weapons to do so. Such a strike may be the only way to decisively end the North Korean nuclear program"
"The possibility of a first strike against North Korea has long been discussed as one way to address its growing nuclear threat. Yet very few understand the grim military logic that only an overwhelming surprise nuclear strike provides a decisive option. There is simply no other way to destroy North Korea’s nuclear capabilities while minimizing the risk of massive conventional or nuclear retaliation."
"There are two crucial reasons why a conventional first strike cannot be effective. First, the time lines involved are too long. It would require weeks or even months of preparation: building up troops, aircraft, and ships, as well as evacuating tens of thousands of U.S. citizens."
"Second, and more important, a conventional first strike simply cannot destroy enough North Korean military capability to prevent a retaliatory second strike."
CONVENTIONAL MILITARY AIR STRIKES AGAINST THE NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR APPARATUS IN TOTALITY WILL NOT WORK! ONLY A NUCLEAR FIRST-STRIKE WILL WORK!
THREAT NOW LESSENED? WE SHALL SEE!