Reuters: Korea Nuclear escalation likely

Reuters: Any new Korean war could quickly escalate to catastrophe.

Since “catastrophe” embraces everything from a plumbing break to the  Black Death plague, the word is reasonable. But the second paragraph is not good journalism:

Any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate quickly to the use of nuclear weapons…former U.S. defense officials and experts say.

Extensive analysis predicts all kinds of bad things. But by assertion of the specific of nuclear weapons use, Reuters leaps out in front of most of the models.

Ample material exists  in open source, for example, (CNN) The U.S. vs. North Korea: Inside a Pentagon war game. Reuters owes it to the public to do more work. In this case, there is every reason to use identified sources.

Usually, I criticize CNN for this kind of laxity. Now Reuters joins the club. Do the work. Plenty of information is to be had for a little digging.


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