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The Americans would never beat North Korea, "easily" that is just blind arrogance.
It took our western forces over 10 years to beat some poorly armed religious fanatics, never mind facing a country armed to the teeth with weaponry and with a standing army at over 4 million.
draw the US attention away from their own surreptitious preparations for....
I've seen the same pic everyone else has. The freak with his generals and the maps in the background. But I'm on my phone. (Stuck in bed today.).
What am I missing???
Originally posted by Gazrok
It would actually be pretty bad if NK did launch some missiles at the US...but not for reasons you think.
It'd be bad because we'd then have to reveal the effectiveness of an anti-ballistic missile defense system, which would make a lot of nuclear powers very unsettled. Knowing about it is one thing...SEEING it work is quite another.
Originally posted by billy565
The North Korean leader and army marshal Kim Jong Un declared that “the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK would react to the US nuclear blackmail with a merciless nuclear attack, and war of aggression with an all-out war of justice,” according to KCNA.
I say we launch a preemptive strike on the son of a bitch.
If somebody walks up and threatens to punch you in the nose do you just stand there and wait? I wouldn't. I'd punch him first and then I'd kick him in the nuts.edit on 28-3-2013 by billy565 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by CaticusMaximus
Originally posted by antar
If they did lob weapons of mass destruction at US bases wouldn't that mean the US would flatten them in a single shot?
Yes, the invulnerable god-country, the US, will counter attack with a single photon torpedo, level the entire country, and then effortlessly phaser the thousands of incoming SL/ICBMs from China, then tracker beam the entire country into space.
All of you who think the US would easily be able to "flatten" an entire country without starting a global war are naive and/or foolish.
You can all be sure that China is going to back up NK if the US tries to do anything to them. NK is probably controlled BY china, and one thing the chinese are NOT, is stupid (as many of you think all nations are save the wonderous glorious god-country of the US).
Most North Koreans are starving peasants, and NK is right next to China. Any nuking would both obliterate whatever credibility the US has with the world ATM (which is almost nothing already), and also would immediately get China involved who despite the ATS armchair-generals and chest beaters assertions, would be a nightmare to behold in a fully engaged war.
Basically you would have a MAD situation.
The US is EXTREMELY limited in its options if NK nukes it, or SK. Any retaliation in NBC fashion would be "suicide" for the US, and any conventional invasion would be titanically bloody due to NKs subterranean fortifications, tunnel systems, raw military power (they are NOT a trivial little back water nation like Afghanistan), and pure hate for the West. It would basically be an un-winnable war.
What you all need to figure out, is that one nation being stronger than another on paper IS NOT IN ANY WAY a guarantee of flawless victory. That seems to be the major perception though, and it is dead wrong.
edit on 3/28/2013 by CaticusMaximus because: stuff