Officials who spoke to NBC News say Trump has been presented with three options for dealing with North Korea, all of which sound terrible to me.
All three options presented to Trump include the use of force or even the threat of nuclear force.
The first and most controversial course of action under consideration is placing U.S. nuclear weapons in South Korea. The U.S. withdrew all nuclear weapons from South Korea 25 years ago. Bringing back bombs — likely to Osan Air Base, less than 50 miles south of the capital of Seoul — would mark the first overseas nuclear deployment since the end of the Cold War, an unquestionably provocative move. [...]
Another option is to target and kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and other senior leaders in charge of the country's missiles and nuclear weapons and decision-making. [...]
A third option is covert action, infiltrating U.S. and South Korean special forces into North Korea to sabotage or take out key infrastructure — for instance, blowing up bridges to block the movement of mobile missiles. The CIA, which would oversee such operations, told NBC News it could offer "no guidance" on this option.
Retired Admiral James Stavridis told NBC News that targeting North Korea's leadership "is always a tempting strategy when you're faced with a highly unpredictable and highly dangerous leader," which hits uncomfortably close to home. Trump is an unpredictable and dangerous leader.
And that's what makes these bad options seem even worse, isn't it? Who really trusts the Trump regime to properly execute or handle any of these plans?
What happens if an attempt to assassinate Jong-un misses? What if special forces operators are discovered before they can reach their objectives? Over 25 million people live in the Seoul metropolitan area and all of their lives are at risk.
We can't predict how Kim Jong-un will respond to any actions taken by the Trump regime any more than we can predict how Trump will respond.