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Podcast: U.S. Out of Easy Options in North Korea

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on Sep 7, 2017

Aviation Week - many thanks for all your podcasts.

I was wondering if it is possible to have a podcast in the future on the current missile market and future developments - for Air to Ground and Air to Air weapons that will be on F35, F22, Eurofighter and other 4th gen over the coming decades. Is it possible to compare the Raytheon, MBDA etc products to each other and to the russian and chinese countermeasures and the comparable products that russia and china are selling into their defence markets?

on Sep 7, 2017

The short answer is NO! There must be no getting away with violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), period. Who will be next? Cuba? Mexico? Taiwan? South Korea? All signatories to the NPT must be held to it, even if it means nuclear war. North Korea's illegal nuclear program must be eliminated by one means or another and never be accepted even if war is the only option left. It should have happened 25 years ago,. We kicked the can down the road until it kicks us back in the butt. Trump must stop them or we are doomed long before climate change.

on Sep 7, 2017

You are an idiot.

on Sep 7, 2017

"All signatories to the NPT must be held to it, even if it means nuclear war."
Ummm, except North Korea is no longer a signatory.
People's ignorance is astounding.

on Sep 7, 2017

What?

on Sep 7, 2017

Information operations. Psyops - drop leaflets to North Korean civilians and military personnel advising them to leave North Korea immediately because a nuclear war is about to start with them in jeopardy. As they escape through China, the Chinese will immediately get Kim Jong Un off the nuclear trip because the Chinese do not want millions of North Koreans invading China.
Jam all air and sea operations, headquarters functions and all communications systems causing total confusion in industry, military and financial enterprises.
Regime change: Clandestinely employ dozens of hit teams to take out Kim Jong Un.
I could go on and on.

on Sep 7, 2017

did you actually say nuclear war is the only option. Idiot indeed.

on Sep 7, 2017

Let's see...

If I recall correctly, we (US) shared nuke tech with NK for peaceful power plants(?). So, in violation of UN agreements (not US), NK has violated many, if not all, cease-fire resolutions. Are we 'technically' still 'at war'? Do we have options, since launch vehicle tech has been demonstrated (like nuke tests) in Japan 'fly-overs' (US vectors?)? As no actual damage has yet occurred, are we in "harms way"...now, as the permanent members are engaged in progressive sanctions and SOP exercises (we need 'em anyway), with focus (GQ, GQ...All hands man your battle stations...")?

It is apparent that the inscrutable 'oriental mind' of Un (aka Kim Jong) is planning ahead to some posture that includes becoming that rarity in the far east--Nuclear Weapons Power (already there). Is this a form of 'self-aggrandizement? He may be an arrogant spoiled brat, but he's not stupid. He knows that his satellite 'map' will become bright in spots for a short period, but darkens again, with that unique 'afterglow'...accomplishing nothing but chaos within and full containment from without (Xi's 250K troops on the border)--although no more 'trench warfare'...here. His 'goose stepping' troops hate him and South Korea is no longer a 'possible' (too many 'relatives').

What's at issue...or 'at stake'? Ego, loss of control, elimination of the obsolete communist dialectic and regime 'fall'...all mindful of "...a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage...and then is heard no more." And besides, we have needed the 'flex-drill time'...since 'Nam (a 'standing' military option)...but without the losses of our DD's.

He's just pissed because his 'given' name variously translates to "flour", "grace" or "kindness" (sissy...& he ain't dad or gramps). No worries, mate...I believe it means "END"...to a 'whimper'... ('Mad Dog' knows).

Semper fi...!

on Sep 7, 2017

Your article sounds like Neville Chamberlain wrote it circa 1939.
I think NK wants to reunite Korea, under the North, of course. With all their conventional weapons aimed at Seoul, combined with threat of nuclear attack, all it will take is for SK and/or USA to blink. - Gkhud

on Sep 7, 2017

The only way to live with NK is to convince them that going nuclear gains them nothing. So, we need to put tactical nukes in SK, on our ship around the Korean peninsula and, if possible, in Japan. We need to increase anti-ballistic missile protection for SK and Japan and ourselves. And we need to find ways to convince the Chines that as long as they support NK, they will be subject to the onus of answering for their miss-behavior.

on Sep 7, 2017

The idea of living with a nuclear North Korea is as good as living with a nuclear Iran. They have an agenda and will use whatever weapons they have with total disregard for rules or repercussions. No one can live in peace much less their close neighbors. How could South Korea or Israel sleep at night if North Korea and Iran have nukes. We made a deal with Iran and let them have anything they want and do anything they want with no repercussions so we think we can live in peace. look how long they went by the agreement. So the "peace at any cost" group can explain the aftermath. Just glad I am a Christian so I will be with Jesus after these clowns blow up this world.

on Sep 7, 2017

Madness gone raving.

on Sep 12, 2017

Per the podcast discussion, near the end, about how dark NorK is at night... There's a very good argument to be made that NorK diverts massive amounts of electricity, at night, to underground facilities that extract nuclear materials. It's not that NorK lacks coal-thermal generation capability, or hydro. It's that NorK's electrons go to spin centrifuges and run powerful magnets in extraction facilities.

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