Robert Gates, a man who climbed to the top of the CIA over a 27 year intelligence career and served as defense secretary under both Barack Obama and George W. Bush, recently laid out a comprehensive plan on how the US should handle North Korea in comments to the Wall Street Journal.

Gates, like current secretary of defense Jim Mattis, accepts that there is no military solution to North Korea’s nuclear posturing. He also accepts that China is a key player.

And he agrees with President Donald Trump that the US should try something new in the conflict, by nailing down a strategy with China before ever talking to North Korea.

“It seems to me the need is for a comprehensive strategy you would lay out to the Chinese at a very high level, which would basically have both a diplomatic and a military component,” Gates told the Journal.

Gates’ plan would call for the US to swear off any attempt at regime change in North Korea, and sign a peace treaty.


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