Archived material is restricted to Rantburg regulars and members. If you need access email fred.pruitt=at=gmail.com with your nick to be added to the members list. There is no charge to join Rantburg as a member.
#1 Lee said the estimated $850 million cost of a rocket launch intended to mark the anniversary could have bought 2.5 million tonnes of corn.
That's a mighty expensive brick there, Pudgy.
Posted by gorb 2012-04-24 00:09||
#2 "I'm worried about military provocations by North Korea,"
I'm not particularly. They could try. They could kill a lot of people, but they can't win. If they tried, push them up to the 40th parallel and make Kusong the new P'yonggang.
Posted by crosspatch 2012-04-24 02:38||
I agree with the "they can't win" but I'm not cynical enough to blow off "they can kill a lot of people". Not to mention that SKor is a significant chunk of the global economy.
I AM cynical enough to be concerned that this would give Zero some kind of win for his feckless "smart diplomacy". He'd only need one big bounce (see GHWB) to get him past Nov. Now THAT's scary.
Posted by AlanC 2012-04-24 08:31||
#4 Yeah, I was playing too lightly with that killing a lot of people thing. I think Obama is going to attempt to trigger something in the fall that will give him a justification for postponing elections. For example, an Iran attack, Iran responds inside the US and Obama tries to postpone elections for a year or something.
Posted by crosspatch 2012-04-24 11:18||
#5 Well Mr. 'patch, I see you're as much a cynic about our despicable CiC as I.
Posted by AlanC 2012-04-24 11:47||
#6 A great defensive weapon for South Korea would be the airmobile KFC outlet. As advancing North Korean forces move South, these would be deployed along their path. At the same time, large BBQ pits are deployed in the rear areas with heaps of juicy bulgogi cooking on the grills. Together these act to slow the advance to a crawl and direct the course of the advance as the lead elements move from KFC to KFC cleaning out each one as they advance. Rear elements are bogged down in bulgogi and rice to the point where they are unable to maneuver.
Posted by crosspatch 2012-04-24 14:49||
#7 I like your thinking, 'patch. ;-p
Posted by Barbara 2012-04-24 17:46||
#8 Perhaps Seoul won't be "turned to ashes" vee the DPRK ...
* TOPIX, DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > NORTH KOREA MISSLES ON PARADE ARE PAPER MOCKUPS [Models]: ANALYSTS.
* CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > [POSTER = paraph] PLAN TYPE 094 SSBN [strategic missle sub = SLBMS]AT SEA, SET SAIL FROM SANYA TO YELLOW SEA | NUCLEAR WAR ESCALATION IFF US, JAPAN NAVAL INTERVENTION.
ARTIC + BLOG is in the CHINESE LANGUAGE.
The Yellow Sea is not the SCS as per the SINO-PHIL Scarborough dispute, but the PLAN Boomer will be able to hit USFK, USFJ, UNCOM, etc. key targets.
PCorrectness-Deniability = Beijing can always claim their Boomer was absolutely positively categorically undeniably ... part of the its NAVEX wid the Russians, NOT-N-NEVER EVAR! FOR ANYTHING ELSE???
Iff the PHIL is hoping that the US will back up its treaty obligations militarily iff shooting starts oer Scarborough Shoal, CHINA IS THE COUNTRY THAT WILL TEST THEIR THEORY.
Lest we fergit,
> Commie Guerillas fought superior Japan from 1930's-1945 despite also fighting agz Chiang Kai-shek + KMT.
> Fought the superior US + UNO in Korea 1950-53 after finally defeating Kai-shek in 1949 + despite weakness, destruction from internal civil war + WW2.
> Fought Nuclear India in 1962 - occasional border clashes since then.
> Clashed wid the Soviets oer riverine borders in late 1960's despite overwhelming Soviet Nuclear Superiority.
> Unified Vietnam in 1979 + 1980's, despite its massive support to North Vietnam agz the French + espec later agz the US.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-04-24 21:33||