As North Korea ramps up its efforts to develop a hydrogen bomb capable of striking the continental United States, the U.S. and its allies are doubling down on efforts to remind Pyongyang that a war on the Korean Peninsula is one it will lose.
On Aug. 30, a day after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over northern Japan, the U.S. military joined South Korea and Japan in a spectacular show of force against the Hermit Kingdom.
And for good reason: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned that the missile launch was “the first step of the military operation of the [Korean People’s Army] in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam.”
Guam, a major U.S. military hub in the Pacific, is home to roughly 160,000 American citizens, and was recently added to the list of places North Korea is threatening to bomb.
The 10-hour show of force mission, which was overseen by U.S. Pacific Command, involved two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers out of Guam, four U.S. Marine F-35Bs, two F-15Js, and four South Korean F-15Ks. After flying in formation across the peninsula, the aircraft pummeled a mountain on the Pilsung Range with live bombs. The exercise was filmed and released the following day by the Pentagon for public consumption.
“North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly,” Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the commander of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, told The Washington Post in a statement.
On Sunday, North Korea raised the stakes even higher when it detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb.
President Donald Trump initially responded to the nuclear test via Twitter, criticizing South Korea for its “talk of appeasement” with the North, and stating that the United States might “stop all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.” China is one of those countries.
Later that day, Defense Secretary James Mattis emerged from a meeting with the president to warn that “any threat to the United States or its territory, including Guam or our allies, will be met with a military response.”
Eventually, however, Mattis appeared to tone down his remarks, adding, “We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea. But as I said, we have many options to do so.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.