The Joint Chiefs of Staff, who advise the President in military matters, recently sent a letter to Congressman and veteran Ted Lieu outlining how they believe the first days of a military conflict with North Korea would play out. Though President Trump has made grandiose threats of "fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen," his most trusted military minds believe hundreds of thousands could die within the first few days of an open conflict, which would most likely involve a ground invasion of North Korea.
The Joint Chiefs penned the letter in response to an inquiry by two House democrats who seek to determine what the cost of a war would be before the U.S. commits to it. Both the Congressmen and Joint Chiefs seem to agree: it would be a bad idea.
After receiving the letter, Congressman Lieu led a coalition of 16 veteran representatives in a statement:
As Veterans, we have defended this nation in war and we remain committed to this country’s security. We also understand that entering into a protracted and massive ground war with North Korea would be disastrous for U.S. troops and our allies. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, it appears, agree. Their assessment underscores what we’ve known all along: There are no good military options for North Korea.