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When the US Does It, It’s Not *As* Illegal

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UGM-109 hits target on San Clemente Island 1986. By USN – U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DN-SC-86-06115 and DN-SC-86-06115, Public Domain.

Some thoughts on the legality of a “bloody nose” strike against North Korea:

Under what legal authority can the United States undertake strikes against North Korea? Dr. Steven Metz of the Army War College suggests that a “bloody nose” attack would make a mockery of international law, with potentially dreadful ripple effects across international society. Maybe… but the United States can probably assemble a case, however tenuous, that will give more than a few countries an excuse to look away.

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