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In an op-ed in the New York Post, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) argued that a preemptive military strike on North Korea is preferable to waiting for Kim Jong Un's regime to attack the U.S. first.

"Better a million dead North Koreans than a thousand dead Americans," Peters wrote. "The fundamental reason our government exists is to protect our people and our territory. Everything else is a grace note. And the words we never should hear in regard to North Korea’s nuclear threats are, 'We should’ve done something.'"

On "America's Newsroom," Peters said that a peaceful, diplomatic solution is obviously preferable, but we must assess the situation practically, ethically and morally.

"And it is not practical, ethical or moral to wait for North Koreans to kill Americans in large numbers," he said.

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He argued that we can't count on North Korea being deterred by the threat of mutually assured destruction, as Russia was during the Cold War.

"We need to question all the standing verities, really relook this hard," Peters said. "If there's a peaceful solution, great. Bring it on."

He said if we absolutely must deal with North Korea militarily, then we need to strike in a committed, overwhelming fashion to be sure to devastate the regime.

Watch more above.

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