Monday, October 09, 2006

NK nuclear test...

The North Korean nuclear test draws commentary from Macsmind. I think the time for talking is over. It's time to impose a full-on blockade. Nothing in, nothing out.

And if they even think of another missile test, send a B-2 to drop a few JDAMs on the site. Talking will do nothing to stop the North Korean missile program. Decisive action will.

2 comments:

salvage said...

That's a brilliant idea! You are a strategty master Brain!

But wait POIK! SNARF! hold on, what if North Korea doesn't like being bombed and attacks South Korea? With the bulk of America's ground forces painting schools and eating delicious candy in Iraq who would they send?

Also what do you think China would think about America launching attacks in their back yard? Happy or sad? Pleased or angry?

Say wouldn't it have been neat if Bush had, y'know, done something about Korea before they got nukes?

No, no, I know it's all Clinton's fault, as everything always is even after 6 years.

Ken Prescott said...

But wait POIK! SNARF! hold on, what if North Korea doesn't like being bombed and attacks South Korea? With the bulk of America's ground forces painting schools and eating delicious candy in Iraq who would they send?

You do not understand why we keep the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. It is not to defend South Korea from the North.

It is to ensure that the ROK Army (which has a history of renegade activities within the Republic of Korea) doesn't decide to shout "ON TO THE YALU! YEE-HAW!" and thus start World War III.

If North Korea starts a full-fledged war, the NKPA will do one of two things: (1) die very messily or (2) revolt against Pyongyang. My money's on #1, because (among other problems) the NKPA doesn't get enough rations to allow their troops to fight a war.

Also what do you think China would think about America launching attacks in their back yard? Happy or sad? Pleased or angry?

Unhappy, but they also recognize that Kim Jong-Il plus nuclear weapons is a very bad combination. They are absolutely livid about this; among other things, this might cause Japan to deploy nuclear weapons. (Note I said "deploy" and not "develop." The consensus in the international security community is that if Abe says "do it" today, Japan's first nuclear weapons will be operational and deployed in less than six months. Japan has been referred to as a "shake-and-bake" nuclear power.)

If Japan deploys nukes, South Korea will do likewise (assuming that they don't decide to do it just because North Korea did). There's a lot of bad blood between South Korea and Japan; a good chunk of US diplomatic work in Northeast Asia consists of keeping those two countries on speaking terms.

Say wouldn't it have been neat if Bush had, y'know, done something about Korea before they got nukes?

Considering that North Korea had at least two nuclear weapons' worth of plutonium in 1994, and that they most likely had fabricated nuclear weapons from same, it would've been really nice if Clinton had done something useful back then.

BTW, what should Bush have done prior to the test?

No, no, I know it's all Clinton's fault, as everything always is even after 6 years.

The evil that men do--whether by commission or omission--lives on long after they depart. Some of the current problems with terrorism date back to Jimmy Carter's tenure in the White House; a few date back to Ford, Nixon, and even Eisenhower.

But Clinton was handed a world much better than the world his prdecessors had gotten--and he proceeded to squander every opportunity to improve it further.