US military chief: Avoid war by preparing for it

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TOKYO—A top US military officer has told American troops based in Japan that “the best way to avoid war is to prepare for it.”

The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General Martin Dempsey, made the comments Thursday at Yokota air base amid heightened tensions in the region after repeated threats from North Korea.

The US in response has deployed an anti-ballistic missile battery to Guam, while the Japanese government has deployed Aegis cruisers and land-based missile interceptors around Tokyo.

Responding to a question about a dispute between Japan and China over a cluster of islands in the East China Sea, Dempsey reaffirmed that Washington would live up to its treaty commitments to Japan. Under a joint security pact, the US is obligated to defend Japanese territory.

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  • shioktong

    Agreed.
    Nuclear program & weaponry advancement is better than reinstating u.s. bases in the Philippines and always begging for help.

  • Timy Nelson

    “Defense is the best offense!”

  • bullcrap

    Si vis pacem, para bellum, “If you want peace, prepare for war”

  • pepito gwaps

    its true. .. North Korea wants peace thats why she need a daily preparation for war…she might be attacked by superpowers long before if she doesnt prepare..

  • regd

    It’s lame and won’t work. Real war has no stalemate. You cannot win it without crossing the line. Same thing when you honeymoon, you gotta cross the hole and plant the flag.

    • Roderick Nanete

      I agree…..

  • AlexanderAmproz

    That the reason why Hitler didn’t invaded Switzerland as it was armed and trained to the teethes, it will have been a too costly war to got a tiny country.

    Taiwan, China or Malaysia could control Manila in a half day if the US don’t care.

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