On March 1, the WSJ reported that the options contemplated by the White House in response to recent North Korean acts, include “the possibility of both military force and regime change to counter the country’s nuclear-weapons threat.” The review came es amid recent events have strained regional stability including last month’s launch by North Korea of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, and the assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.
And, according to a report in Yonhap, said “regime change” may come far sooner than expected: the South Korean website writes that U.S. special operations forces, including the unit that killed Osama Bin Laden, will take part in joint military drills in South Korea “to practice incapacitating North Korean leadership in the case of conflict”, a military official said Monday.
The U.S. Navy’s Special Warfare Development Group, better known as the SEAL Team 6, will arrive in South Korea for joint military drills and take part in an exercise simulating a precision North Korean incurion and “the removal of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un”, according to the Ministry of National Defense Monday.
The U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six will join the annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises between the two allies for the first time, along with the Army’s Rangers, Delta Force and Green Berets.
This is a warning to China, that they will suffer great embarrassment if the US has to clean up the mess in their own area of influence. Watch for China to begin to move much faster to resolve that problem. In their eyes President Trump is a wildman, who could decide to do anything – and accomplish it to boot. This just moved North Korea to the top of China’s pile.
My guess is everyone is worrying that Jong-Un may be unraveling, so the US is trying to push China to take him out now with a coup. It will not get any easier if he steps over the line. If the next ballistic missile test, which he intended to pass over Tokyo and crash in the ocean, ends up falling short and taking out a Japanese skyscraper, he will go into high amygdala. Once that happens he will go to ground, and dealing with him through a peaceful coup will be much less of an option.
At the same time, the high amygdala he will enter, and maybe effects of a possible addiction to boot, will crush any vestige of reasonableness and logicality that we see in him today. At that point, he could assume it is all over, and just begin firing across the DMZ to do as much damage as he can before he cashes out.
As always, The Trump administration is on top of things, and moving the chess pieces long before the real crises begin.