reply to post by Wirral Bagpuss
In reality and to put all the hyperbole and chest thumping aside... I think North Korea would cease to exist as a functional nation, but it wouldn't
be who the world would expect to do it. IF North Korea throws the mother of all tantrums and just launches a nuke at someone...I think Chinese forces
will be over the Yalu river and into Pyongyang before Washington has time to formulate an effective response. China will end our problem before we
have a chance to.
It wouldn't be because China hates the DPRK, but because I think China would shoot it's OWN allies if they went so far as to INVITE the United
States into another nation bordering the Chinese mainland. I think they'll do almost anything to prevent giving ANY excuse for more U.S. or Western
military of any kind in East Asia.
So..... If Kim launches more than a hot fart, I'd expect Beijing to punch his ticket for us before he's had a chance to even enjoy the result of his
actions. I'm guessing he's been told as much too...with a clear set of lines he can play up to but NOT over. Just my thoughts...