Former naval Chief of Staff, William Parker has a long and distinguished academic and military service background. Among his accomplishments, he has a doctorate in Biological Defense from George Mason University’s Department of Molecular and Microbiology. He also has a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
His academic accolades aside, Parker’s military service was nothing to laugh at, either. He worked as the Senior Military Adviser to the Secretary of State for Iraqi Affairs, Senior Adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, strategist for the 2000 Quadrennial Defense Review, and Campaign Plans Branch Chief on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. That’s the extremely abridged version of Parker’s service to America.
Simply put, Parker knows military strategy and has walked the walk, therefore has every right to talk whatever talk he wants. With regard to how Trump should deal with North Korea, specifically, Parker’s talk is directly in line with that of others who share his distinguished service to the country.
‘The [North Koreans] currently do not have intercontinental ballistic missile capability, but they are getting there … They still have a very significant military.’
In a spirit of true candor, Parker said that he believes North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un may be hyping his missile capability but still cautioned against not taking what they are capable of, seriously. He argued:
‘They have advertised that they have submarine launch ballistic missile capability — I do not believe they are there yet. They also have a missile capability that they are building and it is a significant growth.’
Parker went on to explain that what he is sure of is that North Korea does have several missile systems that are able to reach parts of Alaska.
Providing insight as to what’s paramount where North Korea is concerned, Parker added:
‘What is more important is that they are now shifting from liquid fuel to solid fuel. Once they are able to shift to solid fuel, it means their ranges are going to extend significantly. But in addition to that, they have to be able to miniaturize their weapons.’
Sadly, Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be heeding the words of caution those who have come before him in the area of military, foreign, and North Korean affairs, have given. One of many examples of Trump’s reckless approach to addressing North Korea may be viewed below:
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