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War Worries Among Americans Increase

July 18, 2017

An overwhelming majority of Americans now are worried that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years, according to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey national security poll.  76% of my fellow citizens feel distressed over this matter.  The number has jumped 10 points since February, when 66 percent of Americans said they were worried about military conflict.

Though Americans are concerned about a number of national security threats, 41 percent believe that North Korea currently poses the greatest immediate danger to the U.S., emerging as a more urgent concern than ISIS or Russia, according to the poll. Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have escalated since President Donald Trump took office.

While North Korea is clearly front and center in the threat category the way to resolve it is not in a military fashion.  Wise defense leaders agree.  Though I much agree the negotiation route has not up to now been the panacea for a solution that we hoped for, it still does come down to the best route left that would not potentially kill millions in that region.

Getting to the table and making some fast progress is the best idea.  Get China to deal for an interim arrangement that freezes the missile program, followed by further talks to dismantle the program. The timetable can not be seen as being used by North Korea, so a deadline for talks would need to be established.   For concessions North Korea would get sanctions relief but there would be inspections and a need to make sure nuclear material was not transported to third parties.

It is a complex matter but the devastating consequences from not committing to negotiations is a non-starter.  And that is what Americans are aware of and making known in the poll.

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