View Poll Results: What is the best course of action in dealing with North Korea?

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  • Full scale preemptive military strike

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  • Appeasement in the form of recognition and aid

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Thread: The Korean Dilemma

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    The Korean Dilemma

    For decades now we've had a situation where an isolated state born out of WW2 has point blank refused to accept its southern counterparts existence. Resulting in war then a stalemate for 60+ years. Enabled by China in the North and The USA in the South it would seem to quote a chinese statement 'we have reached a tipping point'.
    Continually firing bigger and bigger missiles into the Sea of Japan and now over Japan into the Pacific with No regard for international law it would appear the end game is clearly in site. This is a very frightening prospect. Not only for Korea, but the region as a whole and the global economy of which Asia is a key component. My question is could this spread further afield, because I fear it has every prospect of doing so.
    It would be good to hear your views...

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    Without spreading further afield, estimates of casualties in case hostilities break out

    100k on the korean peninsula within the first 24h
    300k over the next three months

    Who is going to wage war with those figures ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Edge View Post
    Without spreading further afield, estimates of casualties in case hostilities break out

    100k on the korean peninsula within the first 24h
    300k over the next three months

    Who is going to wage war with those figures ?
    A Madman and A Despot!

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    Despot wants to cut a deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Edge View Post
    Despot wants to cut a deal
    But what kind of deal?

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday said “talking is not the answer”
    Last edited by Toby; 30 Aug 17, at 20:50.

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    Kim is not mad which leaves Trump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapper View Post
    Kim is not mad which leaves Trump.
    Your the one who is mad.

    Kim is likely playing to an internal audience and internal power struggles. A deployable nuclear weapon cements his control and also gives his regime a level of security they don't otherwise enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby View Post
    A Madman and A Despot!
    Whether Trump could launch a nuclear strike on his own ?



    President alone makes the decision but president alone cannot carry out the decision

    My understanding is he must follow procedure otherwise the chain of command won't cooperate

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapper View Post
    Kim is not mad which leaves Trump.
    He's (Kim) mad about firing missiles...

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    I hope this has not been posted before.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/sto...s-trump-215555

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    Tiny Kim is again indulging in brinkmanship, and again apparently getting away with it!
    Would not firing a missile over and through the airspace of a neighboring be considered a blatant act of war in most cases?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amled View Post
    Tiny Kim is again indulging in brinkmanship, and again apparently getting away with it!
    Would not firing a missile over and through the airspace of a neighboring be considered a blatant act of war in most cases?
    The DPRK has committed dozens of overt acts of war since the "end" of the Korean War.

    They get away with it because escalating to a full-blown war again would be both catastrophic and not confined to the Korean Pennisula
    Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    The DPRK has committed dozens of overt acts of war since the "end" of the Korean War.

    They get away with it because escalating to a full-blown war again would be both catastrophic and not confined to the Korean Pennisula
    Looking at it in that context, it means that they pretty well have carte blanche to do anything short of launching an all-out attack against the South or Japan.
    I wonder would the same restraint be present if one of Tiny Kim’s missiles broke up and crashed on the Japanese mainland, with eventual casualties?
    Bowing to pay Danegeld has usually never proven effective. The Dane has a habit of comming back for more!
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    Yea. It's not quite time to hit them yet,but getting close.

    Any use of force should be massive, decisive, and overwhelming, and undertaken with surprise.

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    Not enough boots on the ground or time to stop them nuking Seoul.

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