Saturday, May 28, 2005

Bush to attack North Korea?

Reading between the lines of this NY Times story, I have to wonder, is the Bush administration planning a military strike against North Korea?

I found highly unusual the news that the State Department is suspending the search for remains of Americans killed in the Korean War, blaming North Korea for creating an "uncertain environment" by refusing to participate in six-party talks on its nuclear program, and withdrawing from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

"It is a force-protection issue," said one military spokesman.

Here's why I wonder about a military strike: How does North Korea's nuclear program become a "force-protection issue?" I could understand if there were a concern about a troop mobilization to an area where Americans were present, or if there were intimidation of another kind against Americans. But nobody said any of these things was occurring - at least, not in the NY Times story.

Rather, it may be that the Bush administration is quietly moving Americans out of North Korea in anticipation of an attack.

Given the appalling results of the Iraq occupation, maybe Bush is thinking that a quick little tactical strike on some North Korean nuclear facilities will make him the beloved war president again, instead of the hated liar on the verge of impeachment.

Well, that might just be wishful thinking. Reports I've read recently suggest that the optimal time to take out North Korea's nuclear facilities has long passed. While Bush was thumbing his nose at North Korea, it opened up more nuclear facilities in hidden locations. There may be considerable uncertainty about where, precisely, those facilities are located now.


At 5/30/2005 02:38:00 PM, Blogger Rob said...

I wonder what they (we) are up to. I've heard repeatedly that an attack on N. Korea would likely result in the firing of artillery tubes on Seoul, killing many thousands. But I'm not sure N. Korea would do that in response to a very limited strike, since presumably we'd then tear them apart. The spike in activity (I'm talking out my ass here) might be intended to "encourage" N. Korea to rejoin the talks. But as you said, you have to wonder, considering how we're pulling troops out.

At 5/31/2005 09:40:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

The Bush administration has never demonstrated patience for "talks," or "debating societies." He's a man of action - when it isn't his neck on the line.


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