The options to get North Korea to stop it’s ICBM development are very limited. We could try sanctions again, except there already is sanctions on materials for missile construction and that’s not even slowed them down. The every day population outside the military lives pretty close to starvation, so more sanctions would just wind up hurting the poorest and most innocent. Next, warn North Korea anymore of this nonsense and we’re gonna do something awful to you! Well, we tried that too and they went right ahead with their program as if we were talking to somebody else. And lastly, we use enough cruise missiles to demolish their missile factories, weapons stockpiles, launch pads, airports and anything that resembles an ICBM and then perhaps throw a couple more Tomahawks at little fatso’s domicile, hoping he goes up with the rest of the junk.
Unfortunately, if we took military action against North Korea the people who would wind up pay would be South Korea, not us. Consider this: One war game convened in 2005 predicted that a North Korean attack would kill 100,000 people in Seoul in the first few days alone. Others put the estimate even higher. A war game mentioned by the National Interest predicted Seoul could “be hit by over half-a-million shells in under an hour.” Those results don’t bode well for one of Washington’s closest allies, or for the 25.6 million people living in Seoul. Do we really want to do that to the South Koreans? Let me ask a better question, do we really think NK is going to launch a nuke our way or not? If the answer is absolutely and unequivocally yes, then the decision is obvious then, isn’t it?