I used to think it was a combination of age, experience, wisdom, and maturity that defined the differences between adults and children. I was wrong. Or, half wrong. Apparently it is simply age and a lack of innocence that makes adults no longer children.
We’ve known for months now, since before the invasion of Iraq, that war with North Korea was possibly on our horizon, though Bush pooh-poohed the possibility and said our issues with Kim Jong Il would be resolved diplomatically. Surprise, surprise. Bush may have lied.
This is nothing new for the American public, not after the last few years we’ve experienced, but the problem is that this time the war could go nuclear. The good news is, Daddy’s looking out for you. Really. Trust him on this. Just close your eyes and everything will turn out all right. Don’t worry, baby.
The key point is that the base infrastructure available in the region and the accessibility of North Korea from the sea should make it possible to generate around 4,000 sorties a day compared to the 800 a day that were so effective in Iraq. When one contemplates that the vast majority of these sorties would use precision munitions, and that surveillance aircraft would permit immediate targeting of artillery pieces and ballistic missile launch sites, we believe the use of air power in such a war would be swifter and more devastating than it was in Iraq. North Korea’s geriatric air defenses–both fighter aircraft and missiles–would not last long. As the Iraqis understood when facing our air power, if you fly, you die.
The South Korean Army is well equipped to handle a counteroffensive into North Korea with help from perhaps two additional U.S. Army divisions, together with the above-mentioned Marine Expeditionary Force and dominant air power. We judge that the U.S. and South Korea could defeat North Korea decisively in 30 to 60 days with such a strategy. Importantly, there is “no doubt on the outcome” as the chairman of the JCS, Gen. Meyers, said at his reconfirmation hearing on July 26 to the Senate.
We are not eager to see force used on the Korean peninsula. It is better to resolve this crisis without war. However, unless China succeeds in ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons development–and we believe this will require a change in regime–Americans will be left with the threat to our existence described by Secretary Perry when he recently said that the North Korean nuclear program “poses an imminent danger of nuclear weapons being detonated in American cities.”
Western press is acting indignant over a namecalling incident between US and Korean parties:
Talks between U.S. and North Korean officials are expected to be held in Beijing soon, but nobody is predicting an imminent diplomatic agreement, especially after North Korea denounced a U.S. negotiator as a “bloodsucker” and “human scum.”
North Korea should issue a retraction. Apparently the misunderstanding was caused by difficulties in translation of the statement to English. What North Korea should have called Bolton was, “Imperialist chickenhawk ass who waves red flag at nuclear bull.” North Korea will participate in multilateral talks on the crisis, but will not have dialogue with Bolton. Below is the statement as issued.
North Korea launched the attack after the official, John Bolton, slammed North Korean leader Kim Jong Il last week as a “tyrannical dictator” who made life a “hellish nightmare” for his people.
“We’re not going to dignify North Korean comments about our undersecretary of state,” said State Department deputy spokesman Philip Reeker.
“I think the undersecretary’s speech speaks for itself. it was a speech that reflected, I think, some obvious truths, and let’s just leave it at that.”
North Korea condemned Bolton, considered a Bush administration hawk, for hurling “malignant abuses” at its leader and warned his remarks cast doubt on whether Washington “truly” wants to negotiate with Pyongyang.
“Such human scum and bloodsucker is not entitled to take part in the talks in view of either the importance of the talks aimed to decide on peace and stability in northeast Asia or human dignity,” a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
Bolton really is a charming fellow, though, calling for acts of terrorism when they would be convenient for him:
In a 1994 panel discussion sponsored by the World Federalist Association, he said that “there’s no such thing as the United Nations,” and stated ”if the UN Secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”
No worries, though. The propaganda machine is already gearing up to sell this one as another humanitarian mission, and you’ll be able to make some money gambling on it after all.