North Korean threats will leave alliance countries little choice

Mark Kenny, reporting for the Sydney Morning Herald today:

Australia doesn’t usually need much encouragement to partner with the US in whatever righteous military conflict it deems just. We’ve done so in every major conflict since WWI.

Obviously some have been more justified than others.

But the idiosyncratic nuclear-armed regime of Kim Jong-un has just provided the most comprehensive justification possible for a US-led pre-emptive assault: a clearly stated threat of nuclear strike on Australia.

No government can ignore that. The question immediately becomes one of how best to forestall such a calamity. Until now, that’s been a mix of diplomacy, sanctions, and implied consequences. But “strategic patience” has run its course.

The North Korea challenge is now one the US and its allies have no choice but to address. The balance of argument now is for strategic haste.