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The United States and South Korea today concluded four days of highly publicized military exercises with a volley of shots against carefully submerged practice targets and the sense of accomplishing what they set out to do: intimidate North Korea.
Although North Korea did not make good on threats to challenge the exercises militarily, skeptics see the war games as sharpening a sense of confrontation in the region while setting back peace and reconciliation efforts between the two Koreas.
While no one was writing “mission accomplished” on banners in reference to the spectacle of 20 US and South Korean navy vessels and 200 planes playing war games off the South’s east coast, South Korea's commanders were clearly buoyed by the massive display of US support.
Originally posted by Retseh
The North Koreans couldn't mount a horse, let alone a large scale military exercise.
Their pathetic mewlings about confronting the US and South Korea was known to be little more than a joke before this exercise, and their complete lack of even a modest show of force has rendered them the laughing stock of the asiatic area.
Unless they touch off one of their nukes, I doubt anyone will pay them any heed in the future, they are a toothless and somewhat pointless nation.
response to Retseh
Originally posted by tallcool1
The US and South Korea hold several joint military excercises every year. I was stationed in South Korea from July 1984 through July 1985 and there were several joint military excercises back then too. This truly is nothing new. Perhaps it does somewhat "send a message", but the military conducts "war game" excercises all the time to be ready "just in case".