Wednesday, April 17, 2013 8:07:00 AM
What is so funny about this is that there will never be a new "Korean War", this is a joke, a bad one at that.
Nobody in the global defense, intelligence or diplomatic community was surprised about the new bomb test, or the new missile test, or the ramping up of rhetoric.
What people are forgetting is that this is a very identifiable, and oft repeated pattern of North Korean behavior, what they consider "diplomacy". Especially with the 100 b-day of The Great Leader this year this was expected, not some wild and crazy talk. Just look at what happened in 2006, and 2009. Same gig.
Another key point the National Post neglected to mention, fuel. North Korea does not have the required petroleum to sustain combat actions for much longer than 4 months, maybe 6. The soldiers are conscripts, and their pilots barely get 14 hours a year flight time due to lack of resources.
Besides North Korea would not attack it's #1 source of inte
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:12:49 AM
"Hmm. I hope the USAF has seriously stocked up on its bomb inventory, because that's a shedload of stuff to blow up."
The idea isn`t to destroy the entire military, but to neutralise them by decapitating the regime. The backup plan is to destroy.
US strategic doctrine against massed soviet forces in simultaneous air and sea battle (conventional synchronous warfare) is well developed, but it is unlikely to succeed without significant military losses and civilian collateral damage.
The problem is not winning the war, but winning the peace and paying for the war and rebuilding. I think the only viable military option is to blanket nuke the country and rebuild DPRK as its infrastructure is less costly than that of the south. This was Maggie`s choice when dealing with Chinese aggression towards Hong Kong.
At this point the best solution is to work with China to restabilise the Peninsula.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:37:37 AM
If they spent a tenth of that lot on developing the country and it's people, they wouldn`t need that much hardware. The graphic does look a bit like 50`s wallpaper patterns.