Watching Fox News w/Chris Wallace right now, and Juan Williams, a Fox contributor has just taken the approach many here have… that the U.S. is war
mongering. The fact is, the drills are taking place in international waters. S.K. and U.S. have taken part in these types of drills for years. Yes…
China advised us not to take part in these drills, but I would suggest that China knew long in advance about these drills taking place. They didn’t
make a statement about them until they seen tensions rise. That implies that while they may not have been warm and fuzzy about these drills, they
really didn’t care until they were pressured. Truth be told, China’s reaction to most of what’s going on in the Korean peninsula has been
“toeing the line” so to speak. China’s main concern is the influx of refugee’s that will surely happen if N.K. goes to war, but I am sure they
are weighing that out compared to war to replace Kim Jong Ill and Kim Jong Un.
Is it possible that there is some ulterior motive by the U.S. to take part in these drills? Oh, I am sure there is. But I doubt the U.S. wants to get
involved in another military conflict. If we all know the U.S. is spread thin, I guarantee the U.S. realize that as well.
There is definitely some criticism on the U.S. for supposedly not jumping all over the 6 party talks. But really… how long can we watch the same old
movie? We know what the results will be. We sit down for talks, give more aid to N.K., and they will saber rattle again within 6 months or less. I
wish that worked for us here in the U.S.! I would gladly stir up a hornets nest if I thought I would get financial aid!! Haha
The fact is, these talks wont work. War is not the best option, but we are quickly running out of all other options when it comes to dealing with
N.K., and we do have to deal with them. I may be mistaken, but I think we are required to stand by S.K. by treaty laws. If that is true, the people
complaining that the U.S. is sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong just lost their argument.
China did the only thing they could do. They couldn’t take a hard line stance against the U.S. and S.K. here, because despite what many may want to
believe, they don’t want war with the U.S., and they also know the U.S. does not want war with them; At least not armed conflict. Why enter into
armed conflict when China could crush us financially since they own most of our debt? If China took a hard line stance, essentially telling the U.S.
to get the heck out, they know the U.S. couldn’t back down, so it would have raised tensions. China also could not alienate N.K., although I am
guessing China has had some high level talks with N.K. telling them to chill out because if they continue to push, China will not be able to help them
out. While the talks may seem like China “blinking”, it really was the only course of action they could take here. China was caught in a “damned
if we do, damned if we don’t” position.
In regards to Wikileaks doc’s… I am not sold on this being a false flag to take attention away from Wikileaks. I say that, because pretty much,
all day when the news was on, they spent more time talking about Wikileaks then they did the N.K./S.K. issue. This could change, yes… but I just
don’t see it, although we won’t really know for another day or so.
I do think we will see this escalate. All parties involved, including China, know that the 6 party talks will accomplish nothing. All it will do is
hold off mounting tensions. I still have a feeling this is more Kim Jong Un then Kim Jong Ill, and if that is the case, then we have to face the
reality that this is going to be a continuous issue for years to come, unless a country/countries move in to replace the N.K. gov’t.
I realize that many on ATS are against the U.S., or it sure as hell seems that way. Please understand, the users from the U.S. population on ATS is a
small, tiny sliver of the whole U.S. population. We don’t all want war. We don’t all hate other countries. We don’t all think we are better then
everyone else. We do care about others, and that’s evident by how much foreign aid we give to countries in need after disasters. Are our “elected
leaders” shady, underhanded and most likely war mongers? More often then not, yes. But they don’t represent everyone in this country. While we all
may live in different countries, we may look different, have different backgrounds and experiences, but when you take all of that away, we are all
part of the same human race, well, unless your an alien... then I will shut up! haha