Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters told Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Wednesday that he does not believe in "threatening" enemies of the United States like North Korea, but instead "killing them."
"Bill, first of all I don't believe in threatening our enemies, I believe in killing them," Peters said. "War should always be a last resort, but we are coming to the point in North Korea because of the utterly botched diplomacy because of the inanity of our approach to China on all this."
He went on to say that military conflict may become inevitable in order to protect the United States.
"The primary reason for our government isn't Social Security or health care or anything else, it's to defend our people and our territory and North Korea is making wanton threats," Peters said.
"We have the technical capability to militarily do anything we want on North Korea right up to wiping it off the map and leveling its mountains," Peters said. " My concern is that over a couple of generations now, our military has been schooled into the ideal, is to minimize casualties, even enemy casualties—break stuff, but don't hurt people."
"If we must go to North Korea with our military force, we need to hammer them and give the world a lesson of what we can really do," Peters said.