The Korean Conundrum

Last week I posted an article claiming that the sinking of the South Korean ship was a “false-flag”.  While this conspiracy theory is not widely substatiated, the history of the military industrial complex’s insatiable thirst for war is.  The current cost of Iraq as of February of this year is $704 billion and climbing.  After invasion and the WMDs could not be found, Congress should have taken unilateral action to force President Bush to withdraw troops.  But thanks to the government courtesy of the mainstream media (Fox News) the debate of WMDs was alienated.

The last time I looked Afghanistan costs the American taxpayer over $6 billion a month.  Afghanistan is at a stalemate with no end in sight.  A lot of hope is being put in the hands of Patraeus but one thing that people do not realize about him is that he did not win Iraq, he just made it managable.  Iraq’s new government cannot even come together cohesively.

To me, 9/11 is so similar to the Kennedy assassination in that shortly after the event Osama bin Laden was named as the man responsible.  However, contrary to popular belief, the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to the attacks.  Since then he has been rumored to be in Pakistan, dead or wounded.  By not sending reinforcements, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld let Osama bin Laden go.  As early as 2006 the CIA disbanded its bin Laden squad.

War is the biggest business in America, and one can only speculate as to the motives of our foreign policy.  More and more people are confounded.  If we cannot handle the insurgencies in the Middle East, how can we handle one of the largest militaries in the world?  The North says that the sinking claims are “fabricated”.  The United States has moved aritillery into the DMZ.

One can only ask:  Whats going on here?

The US is “prepared” to engage in a ‘conventional’ war with North Korea but it requires time to adjust to the new front, says the military.

Gen. George Casey appearing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Thursday said the US was ready to enter an old-fashioned war with North Korea if necessary.

However, he said, “It would probably take us a little bit longer to shift gears” away from the type of counterinsurgency fighting that now occupies the Army. Casey was referring the US two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We’d move forces as rapidly as we could get them prepared,” Casey insisted.

The US army’s chief of staff refrained from suggesting how long it would take to redeploy the army in the new front on the Korean peninsula, but said that the US army was “combat seasoned” and could move quickly.

“The mechanical skills of artillery gunnery and tank gunnery come back very, very quickly,” he said. “The harder part is the integration – that really brigade level and above of massing fires and effects in a very constricted period of time as opposed to what you do in a counterinsurgency over a much longer extended period of time.”

North Korea violated international treaties by conducting a nuclear test and test-firing nuclear-capable missiles, despite international warnings and UN Security Council resolutions.

While thousand of US soldiers stationed in South Korean bases are on high alert, the US defense secretary, Robert Gates, maintains that North Korea’s actions have not reached a crisis level that would warrant additional US troops in the region.

“What we do have, though, are two new developments that are very provocative, that are aggressive, accompanied by very aggressive rhetoric,” Gates said. “And I think it brings home the reality of the challenge that North Korea poses to the region and to the international community.”


2 thoughts on “The Korean Conundrum

  1. Nate

    While I totally and categorically disagree with your assertion that our “military industrial complex” would deliberately cause a war in Korea for business (that sort of yawn-inducint Evil Rich Guy thinking ended in the 1920s, really), I can see how people would think that a war with Korea would be “just like” our current wars in the Middle East (as in, we Awesome Americans just roll in there and kick around those dastardy foreign bastards and then introduce them to McDonald’s and internet porn).

    And I get that general taking the rah-rah Go Army line in his speech, as that’s his job and as we’ve seen with McChrystal’s sacking, being a general in the US Army is more of a political position than one of true military leadership (sadly). Generals are just like employees of the current civilian government, they’re beholden to agree with policy and walk the company line if they want to keep their jobs (always been this way, even McArthur was fired by Truman for not toeing the line).

    But, and I cannot stress this enough, the Norks have millions of soldiers who have been training for 50 years to conqueror the South and enough military hardware to make them the 4th largest army in the entire world. Even if the South/USA/Japan/whoever manages to hold them back, it will be a bloodbath on the level not seen since the Eastern Front in WWII. No American polititian can survive that level of loss. And, again, our economy will take a major hit from the disruption of trade and commerce in that area of the world, and that’s the last thing we need.

  2. I am in agreement. Although, I have never said the US will definately attack the North, we cannot forget our preemptive first strike policy. Even Bush admitted that Iraq had no Ends, but we needed to invade someone. As always, it is great to here from you and thanks for opining. It was great to have you on the show.

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