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April 7, 2017 10 Comments
So said Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State the other day. Spoken like a representative of a country that “says what it means and means what it says”, isn’t it?
One point to note, Yesterday, President Trump and Tillerson met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. North Korea likely came up. CNN says that “A senior Administration Official” told them that, “the clock has now run out and all options are on the table.”
That likely means that China better get them under control, or we’ll protect our allies. At least that is what this sounds like.
“China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone,” Trump said. “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you.”
There are lots of options when you are the US, there almost always are. And planting season starts in late May in North Korea. So what? When you are a third world (Fourth world? Fifth? Sixth? nth?) tinpot dictatorship trying to intimidate anybody and everybody, well, your army has to double as farmers, planting the rice crop, or you’ll have a major famine come harvest in August or so. Starving a few millions of your subjects is not likely to make things much better for you.
Stratfor ( a geopolitical analysis firm, and a pretty good one) says this is one way:
With a force of 10 Massive Ordnance Penetrators and 80 900-kilogram GBU-31 JDAMs, the U.S. B-2 bombers alone are more than enough to dismantle or at least severely damage North Korea’s known nuclear production infrastructure, as well as associated nuclear weapons storage sites.
The effectiveness of the B-2 first wave would enable the 24 F-22 fighters — and the wave of 600 or so cruise missiles sharing the skies — to focus on destroying North Korea’s delivery vehicles. A single good hit from a JDAM or cruise missile is enough to knock out the nascent sea-based leg of North Korea’s defensive triad. Hammering the Uiju and Changjin-up air bases, where North Korean H-5 bombers are based, would further reduce Pyongyang’s most likely air delivery force for a nuclear weapon.
The most difficult target to eliminate when it comes to delivery vehicles is the missile forces. North Korea has a fleet of approximately 200 transporter erector launchers (TEL) of varying size and type spread out across the country, so the intelligence picture would have to be very accurate. With enough information, however, the United States still has more than enough firepower in a single strike to severely reduce North Korea’s TEL inventory.
There’s usually at least a dozen F-22s at Kadena, and of course, the B-2 is an intercontinental bomber, limited only by its crew’s stamina.
What results from that could be anything from Kim’s removal to a total regional war. Still, it would be rather disheartening to lose all strategic cover in one strike and know that you have the full and undivided attention of the United States Air Force, and the United States Navy, the first and second most powerful air forces in the world. Might be a good time to rethink, if any rationality remains.
And that is a proper use of the military, to break things and defend us and our friends.
And who knows, it might even make some other people sit up and take notice, like some Imams that are pretty vulnerable too. Maybe even Syria. That, however, would simply be a bonus.
via The Resurgent