posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 09:38 AM
Having read the article and doing a bit of research the following can be stated:
The number stated, is a light estimate, at the best of what to expect if the US and Nk were to go at it. During the 3 years that Korea went on, from
1950 to 1953 there were a total of 36,516 deaths on the US, along with 92,134 US military personel wounded in that time frame. Averaging out to
about 45 US service personel killed every day.
The total number of casualties, both wounded and killed were estimated as follows:
UN Allies: 16,000
South Koreans: 415,000
North Korean: 520,000
That was back then in the 1950's using convential weapons, no nukes, no weapons of mass destructions, just over all boots on the grounds, bombs from
the air, and land mines.
Now we move forward, lets look at what the figures are for the last 2 armed conflicts in the lives of American military personell:
And that is against a foe who is demoralized and who have very little if any military training and resources.
Now we come to the Korea again, and this time it may or may be different. The problem is that the military of Korea is highly disciplined, and well
taken care off, the people view their leader as a living god. It would not take an hour to deal with NK, rather you are looking at years and higher
causaltie numbers, against an enemy who would view the US's actions all based on what they have been told all of their lives, that the US is evil,
that the US is going to come and kill them and their families. And then there is the problem with China, does anyone really think that China is going
to just sit idle during this time frame, without first moving troops, amunition and supplies into NK, while the US and SK runs roughshod over the
north? Combine that with the fact that NK is able to put together a nuclear weapon and it is a different war, with more causalties on both sides.
And if we did go into NK, the winning goal would be to have a peace treaty this time, not just a cease fire armistice.
I don't think that China will allow it to get that far this time, but if it does, they will probably set a perimeter as it did the last time. The
first time they told the US and the general in charge (McArthur) not to come within 20 miles of the Yalu river, or it would be considered an act of
war. McArthur chose to ignore such, and went up to the Yalu river, and that ultimately prolonged the conflict far too long than it should have been.
Ultimately this time again, with the rhetoric starting up, China is setting up its forces and will probably tell the US, SK, and its allies, you can
go this far, but beyond that we will get involved. Hopefully it can be avoided.