Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Donald Trump seems ready to accept massive civilian casualties in the event he orders a “bloody nose” nuclear strike on North Korea’s nuclear facilities because most of those civilian casualties will be South Koreans.
South Korea remains horrified by Trump’s affinity for a limited nuclear strike in which U.S. strategic bombers based in Guam, mainly the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, will drop GPS guided B-61 free-fall nuclear bombs on all of North Korea’s nuclear production facilities.
North Korea has repeatedly warned that any attack on its territory will see it unleash a horrific artillery and missile bombardment at Seoul, which is located a scant 56 kilometers away from the Demilitarized Zone separating both countries.
Over 15,000 North Korean artillery pieces and tactical ballistic missile launchers are aimed at Seoul. The South Korean government estimates an all-out North Korean bombardment of Seoul and throughout the country might inflict up to two million South Korean casualties in just one day.
Trump, however, remains oblivious to this massive death toll and continues to bluster against North Korea and its dictator, Kim Jong-un.
Some U.S. military officials contend that a quick tactical nuclear strike on North Korea might cripple the country’s nuclear infrastructure with few casualties being inflicted on South Korea. Others scoff at this scenario as preposterous.
Recent reports suggest Trump remains supportive of a nuclear strike against North Korea. The U.S. Air Force has quietly strengthened its bomber fleet on Guam in anticipation of such an attack.
In an ominous move, the Air Force recently deployed more B-2s to Guam where they joined Rockwell B-1 supersonic bombers and Boeing B-52G strategic bombers. The B-2 can carry both gravity nuclear bombs such as the B-61 and nuclear warhead-armed Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCMs). The B-52 can only carry nuclear ALCMs.
A B-2 can carry 16 B-61s, which are being upgraded to increase its accuracy and ability to hit underground targets. The upgrades to this tactical free-fall weapon make it ideal for destroying underground bunkers. The upgraded B-61s also have an adjustable nuclear yield intended to limit harmful radioactive fallout after a nuclear attack.
A 2017 paper in MIT’s International Security journal argued that recent advances in guidance systems and nuclear weapons could allow the U.S. to destroy all of North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure while causing 100 or so deaths, versus two to three million deaths on both sides of the 38th parallel without them.
B-2 and B-52 crews are training in the U.S. for a nuclear attack on North Korea.
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