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North Korea stares into the abyss: All the signs are there: The U.S. is telling North Korea, in no uncertain terms, that war is approaching.

 
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North Korea stares into the abyss: All the signs are there: The U.S. is telling North Korea, in no uncertain terms, that war is approaching.
Kim has only bad choices, but for a few reasons, the least bad choice for him is war. First, itís possible that the U.S. is bluffing and that nothing will come from this episode. Second, itís possible that China or Russia will intervene to save him, though neither country is up to the task of fighting a conventional war with the U.S. (Neither country is all that interested in saving the Kim government either.) Itís possible that South Korea, afraid for Seoul, will block the attack. Itís possible that Japan will get involved. Itís possible that the U.S. attack will fail. Itís possible that the nuclear program is further along than everyone thinks and that that will deter an attack.

Barring this last scenario, it seems to me that the U.S. cannot refuse to go to war unless North Korea capitulates. North Korea cannot capitulate. Neither country wants to go to war, but neither can accept what is happening without war. My best guess is that North Korea currently does not have a weapon that could be readily delivered by stealth, and it would have to be demonstrated before an attack began, not after. I think we are looking at the prospect of a few weeks of quiet diplomacy and noisy public threats that will lead to war.

The signs are all there. The United States does not deploy the force it has deployed unless itís serious. Such was the case in Desert Storm, in Kosovo, and in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. By sending the USS Nimitz, the U.S. is telling North Korea, in no uncertain terms, that war is approaching. Now, it is North Koreaís move. Pyongyang had been quiet for a few days until firing a missile on May 28, which landed in the Sea of Japan. Still, you have to consider that North Korea is staring down into the abyss.


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Re: North Korea stares into the abyss: All the signs are there: The U.S. is telling North Korea, in no uncertain terms, that war is approaching.
Taking the alternative view point for a moment. Say if there is no war what will happen to North Korea? They can't carry on forever as they always have been since 1950's or can they? There is an active volcano in North Korea that can devastate it someday. China may not forever have their back. There could be something internally going in North Korea that will eventually collapse the regime. What do you think will happen to North Korea?

War?
Volcano erupts?
China abandons them?
Regime collapse?
Asteroid hits them?
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Re: North Korea stares into the abyss: All the signs are there: The U.S. is telling North Korea, in no uncertain terms, that war is approaching.
Taking the alternative view point for a moment. Say if there is no war what will happen to North Korea? They can't carry on forever as they always have been since 1950's or can they? There is an active volcano in North Korea that can devastate it someday. China may not forever have their back. There could be something internally going in North Korea that will eventually collapse the regime. What do you think will happen to North Korea?

War?
Volcano erupts?
China abandons them?
Regime collapse?
Asteroid hits them?
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