posted on May, 27 2005 @ 04:48 PM
The Crisis in Korea
The negotiations with North Korea turned out to be a bust - Russia refused to participate, China balked at applying anything more than the lightest
diplomatic pressure, and not surprisingly, the North Koreans refused yield to any of the administration's demands. Indeed, it appears as if North
Korea's blustery statements are actually true - they have begun reprocessing plutonium for use in nuclear weapons.
A senior Defense Department official said that lessons from the attacks against Saddam Hussein of Iraq, including short-notice air strikes on
suspected hideouts in the opening and closing days of the war, are shaping discussions of how best to re-arrange the American military presence in
South Korea and nearby in the Pacific.
The goal would be to assemble in the Korean region the same kind of detailed intelligence on high-priority targets — including the location of the
adversary's leadership — and the ability to strike almost instantaneously with precision weapons should the need arise.
"Truly, if I'm Kim Jong Il, I wake up tomorrow morning and I'm thinking, `Have the Americans arrayed themselves on the peninsula now, post-Iraq,
the way they arrayed themselves in Iraq, rather than the way they were pre-Iraq?' " the senior Defense Department official said.
"And the idea is to make the North Koreans realize that we are arrayed, we are deployed, we are committed in Korea with the types of resources and
types of capabilities that we brought to Iraq," he added. "And we think that doing that will make our deterrence there much more credible and much