Secretary of Defense, James Mattis states: "We have many military options and the president wanted to be briefed on every one of them." That's a horrifying statement from a nuclear-armed government whose president has previously remarked: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."
One other area Trump's team struggles to understand is the rule of law. Threatening war is a violation of the United Nations Charter, a treaty that is part of the Supreme Law of the United States under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.
We urgently need to help ease tensions by persuading members of Congress to speak out publicly for diplomacy.