I take issue with your editorial that includes a description of “residents of Guam glancing nervously skyward” (“Alternative fact of the Week: Trump’s nuclear arsenal,” Aug. 10). Guam's governor, Eddie Calvo, said late Wednesday during an interview on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" with fill-in host Brian Kilmeade: "As far as I’m concerned, as an American citizen, I want a president that says that if any nation such as North Korea attacks Guam, attacks Honolulu, attacks the West Coast, that they will be met with hell and fury.”
“This is similar to Hawaii," he added. "So it’s important that as we make decisions that those folks that are in a position of leadership that they understand, too, that war is the last option because not only will tens of thousands of American military forces and dependents be affected by a regional war but because the western Pacific has American soil in it, a couple hundred thousand Americans could get caught in the cross hairs. I think it’s important to be strong, but at the same time be calm. I’ve had enough briefings with the military, there’s a multilayered defense starting from Korea, Japan as well as in the western Pacific as well as our assets here in Guam with the THAAD missile defense system that American communities will be protected.”
Mr. Calvo, who has been Guam's governor since 2011, concluded that there was some concern among the public on Guam but no panic and the authorities were "very confident" that there was no heightened threat despite the warnings from North Korea which were first made on Wednesday. Did The Sun’s editorial board completely miss this or simply ignored it and other news interviews by Guam’s governor since it did not conform with the newspaper’s opinion?
Benedict Frederick, Jr., Pasadena
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