posted on Oct, 28 2004 @ 06:58 PM
This is a question and a hypothetical scenario that is supposed to produce speculation.
From what I understand, the US has around 37,000 troops stationed in South Korea. However, 12,500 are supposed to be re-assigned to Iraq and
Afghanistan over the next year or so. Most discussions about North Korea that I've read so far have been about it as a nuclear threat.
Let's suppose that N. Korea invaded S. Korea using conventional methods; i.e. infantry, tanks, artillery, and aircraft. There is little doubt that
they would easily overwhelm the US forces stationed there. Lets remember that China has helped N. Korea in the past and there is a high probability
of them helping again.
Considering the majority of US forces are committed in Iraq and Afghanistan, how would we retailiate? A nuclear retaliation has a probability of
sparking a nuclear war between the US and N. Korea, and perhaps China too.
Would we mount a conventional counter attack against N. Korea, in doing so reducing Iraq to a skeleton crew so to speak?
How do you guys think the US, or UN, or the world for that matter would respond? What are the options?
Hope this sparks a serious discussion about what the US' Strategic location is in regards to serious and possibly overwhelming threats.
[edit on 28-10-2004 by Galvatron]