REPS. LIEU AND GALLEGO SEND LETTER ASKING MATTIS TO PROVIDE CASUALTY ESTIMATES AND CHANCE OF NUCLEAR WAR IN POTENTIAL NORTH KOREAN CONFLICT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) and Congressman Ruben Gallego (D | Phoenix) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mattis calling on him to reveal the military’s analysis of the mass destruction that would be inflicted if President Trump follows through on his belligerent rhetoric towards North Korea. As veterans, Mr. Lieu and Mr. Gallego know that pursuing military engagement with North Korea without a strategy is reckless, especially given North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
In the letter, Mr. Lieu and Mr. Gallego write:
“We would like to know expected casualty assessments, how the United States would prevent devastating North Korean retaliation, and what plans the Department has for the humanitarian disaster that would follow any conflict.”
"We have not heard detailed analysis of expected U.S. or allied force casualties, expected civilian casualties, what plans exist for the aftermath of a strike - including continuity of the South Korean Government, or how such assessments have factored into the military options presented to the President."
THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE