A writer by the name of Mark Almond recently got a four-page spread in The Daily Mail that addressed “western” options vis-à-vis North Korea. Beyond the usual backdrop to the problem, which essentially ignored any details about the appeasements offered to the NORKS by Bill Clinton, Almond offered up a few “alternatives.” Personally, I’m not sure why the Mail would want to inform North Korea about our options —it appears to give some aid and comfort to the enemy, but I nevertheless found his options somewhat interesting. His options were:
Diplomacy —treat North Korea as an equal (not as a rogue), but do try to refrain from Washington’s previous appeasements. Surprisingly, he urged President Trump to demand verification of any halt to nuclear weapons development. I laugh … how does one verify such a thing? Cross my heart and hope to die doesn’t seem to be working very well.
Sanctions —allowing that Kim Jung Un cannot be “sweet-talked” into behaving himself as a responsible national leader, we should perhaps impose further sanctions upon the North Korean regime. Personally, I’m not aware that any of our previous sanctions ever worked. Maybe we should threaten to send Jimmy Carter to North Korea. That might work.
Limited strike —well, once more, I’m not sure that limited strikes serve much purpose beyond reducing America’s arsenal of air-delivered munitions. North Korea is a mountainous country and I have no doubt that Kim Jung Un has a plush underground bunker where he can avoid any discomforts from American/South Korean airstrikes. I do suspect that the American taxpayer paid for these bunkers, but then this is what happens when the American people elect a Clinton to the presidency.
Full Invasion —right. The United States of America is already over-committed to the Middle East and without the massive participation of North Korea’s neighbors (South Korea and Japan) this option would appear to be laughable on its face.
Assassination —Although I do not think there are any Americans who are Democrats, the Democratic party in America would almost certainly oppose such attempts, unless it was Debbie Wasserman Schultz who first came up with the idea. How should we assassinate Kim Jung Un? Well, beyond hiring the Israelis to do it for us, I don’t see how this is a realistic possibility —unless we were to find out that Fat Kim loves M&Ms. In that case, we’ve got him by the short-hairs.
An American Nuclear Strike —I suspect would could never get away with this. Gore would be absolutely apoplectic, and don’t we need to protect Al Gore as a national treasure? I wondered why a British fellow is attempting to encourage an American nuclear strike. Hmmm. Presently, North Korea has somewhere in the neighborhood of sixty nuclear bombs. If he only got off one of these in his own defense, it could get messy. On the other hand, does Un even know where Guam is?
Pressure on China —by far the most logical of all suggestions, with some modification by Machiavellian me. So far, the Chinese have not appeared much disposed to reigning in their little fat tyrant, but what if we offered this suggestion via the New England Journal of Medicine: North Koreans are as nutritionally balanced and tasty as roast duck?
My personal opinion is that it is a darn good thing Mr. Almond isn’t working for the British Defense agency. On the other hand, America has all these MOABs sitting around gathering dust. What if we simply delivered one of these for every square inch of North Korea and made it an UN-limited strike?
I don’t know … I’m old, and confused most of the time. What do Bunkerville reader’s think our options are?
How is this for repeating history? Apparently the Army has forgotten Beirut, Lebanon and Peril Harbor as an example. Better yet we spent close to 11 Billion buckeroos to leave our Service men and women as sitting ducks. I will let Mustang tell the tale today:
According to Arirang News, the 8th US Army has relocated its base of operations from Yongsan, Korea (3 miles outside of Seoul) to an extraordinarily large new base at Pyeongtaek (65 miles south of Seoul), where, according to its commander, Lieutenant General Thomas Vandal, US Forces Korea will station 43,000 of its ground and air forces (and their dependents). I’m thinking that considering our history with North Korea —or more particularly, with North Korea under the aegis of a psychopath whose missile systems are under constant development, such a move does not appear very wise.
A short review:
On 7 December 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a full-scale aerial assault upon the U. S. Navy fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese sunk 4 battleships, 2 other ships, damaged four more battleships, 3 cruisers, 3 destroyers, and 3 support ships. Of the total in aircraft, 188 were destroyed, 158 were badly damaged. Battle casualties were 2,403 killed and 1,178 wounded. It was the attack FDR had hoped for, the effect of which was to introduce the United States into World War II. FDR’s surprise, by the way, was that the attack initially focused on Hawaii; he thought the attack would be focused on the Philippine Islands.
On June 25, 1950, 80,000 North Korean troops launched a blitzkrieg attack into South Korea, pushing all US and South Korean forces all the way south to Pusan. It was the initial military action of the Cold War.
So now we have nearly 50,000 American forces and assets conveniently situated in what has been described as the largest US base overseas … at the cost of $10.7 billion, uniting 173 military camps situated throughout the Korean peninsula.
General Vandal told reporters, “What has changed for us is that we no longer have to defend 173 camps and installations; we now have it consolidated so it allows us to maximize our force protection. And as I described, with assets like Patriot batteries, you can now better protect from ballistic missile threats from North Korea.”
Right: good luck with that.
My conclusions are two: the idea is simple-minded, and the American people and their limited monetary resources are not being well-served by people who have not learned any of the lessons of history.
Worrisome developments as the war talk revs up. This is the problem with a President who appears weak,. Testing, testing and misjudgements as to reactions are what leads to war.
On the brink of ‘all-out war’: The lettering on a propellor that proves North Korean torpedo DID sink South’s navy ship
North Korea has threatened to wage ‘all-out war’ if it is punished for the sinking of a South Korean warship.
The warning came after investigators in Seoul unveiled evidence they said proves that a North Korean submarine fired a torpedo that sank the corvette Cheonan on March 26, killing 46 sailors.
Pieces recovered at the sinking site ‘perfectly match’ the schematics of the torpedo included in introductory brochures provided to foreign countries by North Korea for export purposes, chief investigator Yoon Duk-young said.
The final nail in the coffin was a serial number on a torpedo fragment that matched the markings on a North Korean torpedo that South Korea obtained years earlier, Yoon said
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1279828/North-Korean-torpedo-DID-sink-Souths-navy-ship-propellor-lettering-proves.html#ixzz0oTTkJQsL