In response to the controversy that has attended yesterday's story on North Korea, The Diplomat has sought corroboration. While the author strongly disputes the contention that any quote was fabricated, we acknowledge the possibility that Brig. Gen. Tolley was speaking hypothetically, about future war plans rather than current operations. The author insists he heard no such qualification, but if there has been a misunderstanding then we regret any confusion.
Update: Lt. Col. Jim Gregory, a Pentagon spokesperson, has been in touch directly with the author, who has posted an entry based on the response he received on his site: http://www.warisboring.com/2012/05/29/pentagon-to-axe-youre-right/