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Top Marine general: ‘Wargaming’ on North Korea now going on

During his traditional annual Christmas tour visiting Marines in the field, the service’s top general told a contingent deployed to an undisclosed location in southwest Asia that the Pentagon is currently “wargaming” scenarios for North Korea.

“There’s a lot of wargaming going on about Korea and how the fight might go,” he said. “I’ll say the fight never goes the way you think it’s going to go; it always goes a different way. Which is why you can’t be fixed in your mind,” said Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller.

He also said Marines must always be ready for what may come down the pipe.

“Part of our mental preparation as leaders, you have to read and study and think. [We need] a force that’s mentally, physically agile enough to respond to the change,” he said.

Neller also likened the ensuing battle to a popular violent medieval-era fantasy book series that spawned an HBO show.

“It would be ‘Game of Thrones’-like,” he said. “And a lot of people would get hurt. I might be wrong, but it’s a very complicated issue.”

The commandant also told the gathered Marines and sailors that fighting in North Korea would not be easy.

“Ever been to Korea? Korea sucks,” said. “The people are wonderful; the country is tough.

“It’s mountainous. Hot in the summer, cold in the winter. There’s hills, narrow passes, very difficult,” Neller added. “We have to think about how we fight.” [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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