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Playing the waiting game

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By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― A lot of people here, from right to left politically, think war on the Korean peninsula is imminent. Kim Jong-un, they say, is eager to order a seventh nuclear test as well as test shots of intercontinental ballistic missiles. And would not President Trump love to stage a "preemptive strike" to frustrate Kim's grand design? or at least attack in retaliation after Kim had already gotten away with a few more tests?

Maybe, but believe it or not the U.S. is in no position to risk Korean War II, to stage a "preemptive strike," even if President Trump ordered one. His "generals," of whom he's been known to speak so highly, would have to advise him of certain realities. Those great U.S.-South Korean war games we keep hearing about, those flights of the dreaded B-1 bomber just below the North-South line, the spectacle of the world's biggest, best aircraft carriers off the South Korean east and west coasts may all be impressive, maybe frightening, but they're for show, for intimidation, for training.

The U.S. Department of Defense, it may surprise friends and foes alike, is running out of money.........

© The Korea Times