posted on Jul, 8 2006 @ 11:11 AM
posted by pavil
If there is a flare-up, SK would just get pummeled in the initial artillery barrage the NK would launch on them. Some of SK's major cities are well
within striking distance of 11,000+ pieces of NK conventional artillery.
Add a formidable army in defense favoring terrain and it really isn't very appealing [to counter-attack] unless you want to sustain massive
casualties. The terrain will not allow US forces to use fast strike strategies and narrows options down as to attacks. Direct assaults would be a
My question is how did such a relatively poor country manage to get nuclear weapons in the first place? It sounds like th whole country starves except
for the army and party officials. [Edited by Don W]
Right on starving. As to nuclear weapons? It must be a lot easier than we imagine. The problem is simple. How do you take refined ore at 99.7% U238,
and extract the 0.3% U235? It looks as if the centrifuge is the current method of choice. Ore in aluminum cans is apparently spun at high speed to
cause the physical separation. The goal is 5% U235 or so for power plants. 70% U235 or better is needed for bomb making.
The former Clinton ambassador to NK said - 2 months ago - that she believed NK had enough U235 for 2 bombs in the year 2000, and now had enough for 6
to 10 bombs. She does not believe NK has actually made a bomb yet, which is a very sophisticated technological enterprise. Ask Pantex of Amarillo. How
much does it take to make a bomb? I have read 2 kg. About the size of a golf ball. To avoid the critical mass, you machine 2 uranium metal halves and
keep them separated. The trick in bomb making is to bring those two pieces together fast enough to melt the pieces into one, but not so hard or fast
as to shatter or break the metal parts.
Based on the lack of concern or interest in the NK “threat” displayed by the SK’s, I am thinking most of this powerful army and so on is DoD
hyperbole concurred in by the CIA. We must have an identifiable enemy to keep up the Cold War budgets. We spend $455 billion on-budget, and $6 billion
a month off budget. Add to that the $30 billion for the VA and $200 billion for the defense part of the interest on the national debt, and you can see
how we are spending about 3/4ths trillion dollars a year on WAR. Without enemies, even the simple minded would begin to object.
Hosanna! Bush has given us enemies. The Axis of Evil. A perpetual war on terrorism. Iraq. Iran. North Korea. Sweet Jesus! What did we do to deserve
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[edit on 7/8/2006 by donwhite]