A US war in North Korea would be bloody, with tens of thousands of US soldiers killed and millions of civilians on the Korean Peninsula. A recent US exercise projected brutality "beyond the experience of any living soldier," according to Army chief Gen. Mark Milley.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tried to sum that up in two words – "worth it." The notoriously bellicose senator insisted that the disastrous number of deaths would definitely be worth it to the US government as a boost in "long-term stability."
At least more stability for the survivors. North Korea has always had a retaliatory capability to wipe out much of South Korea, and the development of nuclear weapons only risks making the consequences of a US attack on North Korea that much greater, and more calamitous.