1. North Korea is a vast, modern military. Obviously not up to U.S. standards, but they have hundreds of jet aircraft and THOUSANDS of tanks.
2. They have vast military resources, including literally MILLIONS of armed and fanatical soldiers, within YARDS of our own lines. They know exactly where our guys are and where our stuff is, and it’s all been pre-sighted.
3. The Korean peninsula is not a big place. All those millions of North Koreans and their tanks and their planes are within a few miles of major South Korean population centers. If they launched a sudden attack we would be completely helpless to stop them before they could overrun Seol, and possibly all of Korea. The war would be a matter of taking South Korea BACK. It would be an unimaginably bloody mess that would go on and on for months, at the cost of major American casualties.
4. North Korea is backed by a SUPERPOWER. With nuclear weapons and ICBMS capable of hitting any American city.
North Korea’s military is not “Stone Age.” A million bad guys with AK-47s is not a walk in the park. We could kill them at a ratio of 100:1 and still get our butts kicked. We are NOT prepared for a sudden attack by NK. It would take, literally, weeks to mobilize any kind of major resistance, and by then they’d OWN the peninsula and we’d be looking at an amphibious invasion. Ugly, to say the least.
Their tanks are nowhere near as high-tech as an M1 Abrams, but we have very few M1s on the scene. They have THOUSANDS of modern tanks. We could score a kill with every, single round and still be overwhelmed in a couple of hours.
Their jet fighters and attack aircraft are nowhere near as high-tech as an F-16, but for every F-16 we have in theater they have a HUNDRED of their planes. We could score a kill with every, single missile shot and still be overwhelmed and destroyed in a couple of hours.
For crying out loud, people….use your heads. Slaughtering frightened Iraqi conscripts in an vast, open desert is no comparison to the nightmare of an all-out, sudden attack by North Korea. The only thing preventing those lunatics from pulling the trigger is the rather shaky goodwill of the Chinese, who (for the moment) prefer stocking our Walmarts to expanding their territory. They are holding North Korea’s leash….but North Korea is a BIG, angry dog that is barely under control.
When the Germans invaded Russia their military was vastly superior in everything except numbers. Their tanks were much better. Their aircraft were much better. Their soldiers were better trained and better equipped in every way except for winter clothing. What did the Russians have? Vast NUMBERS, and a willingness to spend them. They simply sent wave after wave of cannon fodder at the Germans until the Germans had no more bullets. That’s what the North Koreans would do.
North Korea threatens ‘merciless punishment’ as it readies rocket launch
Japan and South Korea have put their armed forces on standby in response to North Korea’s plans, prepared to shoot down the missile if it passes over their territory.
North Korea was this weekend believed to be at the first stage of launching the rocket, expected between April 12 and 16, claiming that it is part of the centenary celebrations for the birth of the state’s founder Kim Il Sung.
However, the United States, Japan and South Korea believe that in reality it will be a ballistic missile test in violation of UN resolutions.
It is against such a backdrop of rising regional tensions surrounding the Korean peninsula that David Cameron, the Prime Minister, will arrive in Japan on a two-day visit this week.
His arrival may, by good fortune, coincide with the blooming of the capital’s cherry blossoms, but flower appreciation will take a back seat to regional security issues.