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Sat Apr 15, 2017, 06:31 PM

Why You Should Take a Deep Breath Before Freaking Out About North Korea

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a54522/north-korea-threat/

Why You Should Take a Deep Breath Before Freaking Out About North Korea
Parades be damned.

By Robert Bateman
Apr 15, 2017

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I was not all that concerned when the news first broke last week. The Strike Group based around the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was diverting from a visit and exercises with the Australians and instead heading north from Singapore towards the Western Pacific (and, possibly, the Sea of Japan). The move was seen as saber rattling by many on cable news and in various op-eds, and a positive invitation for chaotic hand-wringing by those of a more anxious nature. But my own assessment was more along the lines of a giant yawn. This has not changed, a whit, since the talking heads here and there have lost their collective minds, worrying about an American strike on North Korea.

People, it ain't happening.

Were something like that in the plans, you would see a whole lot of other moving military parts: Other carrier groups heading west from California, Marines being mobilized on Okinawa, amphibious ships being sent out, and Air Force and Army units being sent to staging bases.

None of that has happened, so let's all relax.

North Korea, of course, responded with their normal bluster. As reported by The New York Daily News they issued this warning:

"This goes to prove that the U.S. reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase of its scenario," the spokesman said in a statement, using an acronym for the North's formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "If the U.S. dares opt for a military action, crying out for 'preemptive attack' and 'removal of the headquarters,' the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S."


They react this way every single time, to every single item, so this press release went in the "so what" file immediately.

The bottom line is that, beyond all this hyperbole, the reality of the situation is much less about any American strike on North Korea. Here is why: We do not have the assets in that group to really do much, and in this case, conducting a strike against their homeland would be utter idiocy.



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Let's get back to our battlegroup, equipped with the SM-3s aboard an Aegis cruiser, operating in international waters well away from North Korea itself. What would international opinion be if we shot an illegally fired missile out of the sky when it was headed towards Japan? It would mean demonstrating at one stroke both North Korea's inability to actually use those missiles they are trying so hard to develop, and enforcing the sanctions against those same launches that are already in place from the international community.

For now? Let's all take a deep breath.

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Sat Apr 15, 2017, 06:38 PM

1. "conducting a strike against their homeland would be utter idiocy. " And Trump is president

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Sat Apr 15, 2017, 06:47 PM

2. We're not sorried about North Korea

we're worried about Donald Trump. A violent and unstable head of state getting into a dick measuring contest with another violent and unstable head of state is a bad recipe.

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