April 1, 2013

The North Korean Threat

Over the years, the United States has had its fair share of threats from North Korea. As of Friday, March 29, 2013, North Korea has issued yet another “grim” warning to the United States as their leader Kim Jong-un signed an order to put its nation’s rockets on a combat-ready status.  A photo was then released to media outlets called, “US mainland strike plan.”  In the photo, charts and pictures show rocket trajectories impacting Hawaii, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Austin Texas.

In the meantime, the United States also conducted their own regular military training exercises amid the threats.  Two B-2 bombers, capable of carrying both a conventional and nuclear payload, conducted aerial operations in South Korea, dropping dummy munitions. Whether we are calling it a military exercise or not, I believe that it is a true way of flexing our military muscle.

Bluff or Not?

With so many threats thrown at us in the past years, and North Korea yet to fulfill their absurd rhetoric, I would like to go ahead and call their bluff. Although North Korea does in fact have long range missile capabilities, as far as being able to hit a target in the Continental United States, not so much. North Korea’s most potent long range missile, that we are aware of at this point, is known as  the Taepodong-2.  The Taepodong-2 is a long range, 2-3 stage missile, giving it a maximum effective range of 2,500 statute miles (2 stage), or 2,800 statute miles (3 stage).  This missile would be capable of hitting Alaska at best.


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  • majrod

    Interesting and entertaingly written wargame about how a Korean War II would look like. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/08/woe_to_the_imperialists?page=0,0 Don't agree with all the assumptions but food for thought/discussion.

  • majrod

    Interesting and entertaingly written wargame about how a Korean War II would look like. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/08/woe_to_the_imperialists?page=0,0 Don't agree with all the assumptions but food for thought/discussion.

  • hjw1dr

    majrod shooten  1) New leaders in China. New Leaders in NK.  New Leader in SK.   2) Growing economic problems in China. (think of the state built "ghost cities" that China has constructed. They are built, but no one can afford to live in them.  I agree MajRod. Look at what China is doing.

  • AUNITEDPEOPLE

    engelbrad Thanks! Yeah, I thought it provided some good insight into the fog of information that we're suffering from now. Made me worry even more though, as it looks like things could go south at any moment. And to be honest, I'm tired of our service people dying for no reason, so if the shit does hit the fan, we should carpet bomb the entire NK country, Any other response would just be a wuss move, to put it mildly.

  • engelbrad

    AUNITEDPEOPLE Good post AUN!