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August 08, 2017

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K.N. McBride

"North Korea couldn't annex a 7-11."

No, but they did sink the Cheonan, which was rather larger.

They also bombarded Yeonpyeong Island without warning.

But sure, once they have working nuclear-armed missiles, they will be super-docile.

In order for a threat to work, it has to be credible. Trump is very credible. I see that as a feature, not a bug.

Nurglitch

North Korea couldn't annex a 7-11. In a conventional war I'd bet on South Korea in a heart-beat. I suspect, however, that what we're going to see is a pre-emptive nuclear attack on NK by US. Your country has the capability to hit NK with nukes launched/dropped by stealth, and when MacArthur and Bradley proposed using atomic weapons it was because the terrain and conditions of Korea are such that WMDs are virtually the only military solution. No ordinary American President would consider tripping the MAD switch, but President Trump has demonstrated that he doesn't understand why nobody has used nuclear weapons, except to test, since WW2.

K.N. Mcbride

Maybe they'd like to be annexed to North Korea?

Nurglitch

I can't help but suspect that the residents of Seoul might beg to disagree with you on what constitutes the least-worst option.

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