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OK, I've spent too much time today reading stories about North Korean threats and fears about how WW3 is coming.
Would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this.
But I've decided this is about my take on the situation.
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I am not incredibly informed about this. But, my brother's girlfriend is currently in South Korea with her family. Per him and his conversations with her, this a much bigger story here than it is over there outside of their government.
This post was edited by Ballparkga 12 months ago
Looks like he's holding his breath until he gets his way.
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Would love to see North Korea launch a missle and the US shoot it down 6 feet off the ground. They would surrender before the war started
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I continue to hear people say, and I'm paraphrasing, "The US would crush North Korea if they started a war with South Korea/ the US".
If history teaches us anything it is that this type of thinking is often incorrect. Everyone thought the Civil War would be done in a month. Everyone thought the War in Iraq would be over in a month. Etc, etc.
North Korea does not have the military might that we possess, that much we know to be true. But they also haven't been spending money and lives on a decade-long conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere. The US is still stretched pretty thin despite the slow but steady troop pull out in Iraq. NK may not be an immediate threat to hit the US mainland, but they could get there if they desired.
Be cautious with the common perseption that the US Military is invincible and almighty. It is not. No offense at all to the men and women who serve or have served, by the way. But we need to be careful who/when we get involved in yet another conflict.
As for North Korea, at this point I believe that this is all saber rattling without much substance behind it. Something they've made a habit of doing during springtime for a while now.
Still, it's not something that you want to escalate and it is worth keeping an eye on, especially regarding how China reacts. They're the major player that hasn't said too much yet but will have a big influence on how this plays out.
This would turn into a long drwn out battle in the trenches. The initial strike by North Korea would result in heavy civil casualties as well as heavy losses of military personnel along the Korean DMZ. We will eventually prevail but our biggest threat woul be if China gets involved. A defeat of North Korea would more than likely lead to the reunification of the Korean Peninsula the U.S. would have greater influence in the area than ever before. China will not stand by idly with the U.S. camping at its doorsteps. This is a situation where we have to be very careful in preventing this from escalating beyond saber rattling. Neither us or china can afford a costly war of that magnitude.
China has been trying to slow NK's role, from what I've been reading. Let's hope so. To have their biggest supporter trying to calm things down is a step in the right direction. But overall, it just seems like a lot of posturing to me. A bully trying to get his way.
I should be stationed over there at the moment, with only four months left. I could easily say that I'm glad that I'm not there, but in all reality...I'm not. I would rather be over there. I've spent a year and a half there already and like it there. I'm sure if I were stationed over there, I would have more insider info for everyone.
I really hope nothing happens and my thoughts are with all the folks over there.
When I was stationed in South Korea I went up to the DMZ once or twice a month. During the day the North soldiers pretty much did nothing, but when the last South tour bus left they turned into total a$$holes.
While doing a repatriation one of them tried to knock me over with a casket. I chuckled under my breath just loud enough for him to hear me.
Good luck getting any sleep if you're up that way too. Both sides have giant speaker systems on the side of their hills where they constantly blast propaganda.
Good times...good times...
I'm sorry, but an assault of mainland US is nigh impossible for North Korea. The US Navy would squash anything they put in the water.
Just for comparison, you could combine every navy in the world and it still would fall behind the US Navy.
I wonder if they would turn to Japanese-style Kamikaze attacks if they ever actually did have to face our Navy. I have a hard time imagining North Korea scrambling anything more advanced than Cold-War era MiGs.
Nk not ready to put missiles and nukes together yet... Probably 3-5 years and many before the us is in range. Problem is sk exposure. Nk wants attention.
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North Korea is the size of Ohio. I'll go with not worried. If North Korea ever fired a nuke, they could be wiped off the map. When a country believes their leader shot a -38 in golf with 11 hole in ones and that he never took a deuce, the world would probably better if it were erased.
This post was edited by kiddynamite 12 months ago
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