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Oh gee . .how reasurring - - given USA track record in Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Oh gee . .how reasurring - - given USA track record in Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Any blame for the Stalinist freakshow known as North Korea?

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the US, always first in line to get its nose into possibility of a war.

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and of course, the patriots are behind them 200 percent. north korea aint anymore of a freak show than your precious 50 whatever states. you just have more guns and are better at propaganda

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north korea aint anymore of a freak show than your precious 50 whatever states. you just have more guns and are better at propaganda

Somebody really misses Stalin...

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It wouldn't be hard to topple the NKorean dictatorship. The question would be what to do with a starving and utterly poor country afterwards.

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SK for sure does not want to inherit the mess in the north. Give it up.

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"Washington has relatively few options when dealing with Pyongyang."

It's not only Washington, but more or less every other nation as well, though of course China has a lot more leverage.

porter: "It wouldn't be hard to topple the NKorean dictatorship. The question would be what to do with a starving and utterly poor country afterwards."

I'm sure the NK government has taken this kind of thinking in mind and has a few contingency plans of their own -- namely war-hungry generals who will heed the call to war in no time at all. You could kiss Seoul and much of the South goodbye, as well as a good number of American lives if war did break out. For all we know they could have the ability to nuke Japan, for that matter. So, yes, it might be easy to topple the NK government, but my guess is that would make it very hard to avoid war.

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Oh gee . .how reasurring - - given USA track record in Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yes, the US does stick it's nose into many things be it right or wrong. I would love to hear who you would suggest straighten this out if it escalates. Would you lead the charge?

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See? There's nothing wrong with letting a dictator stay and obtain more and more powerful weapons over time.

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@Sharpie.....sounds like sour grapes. That is what an alliance is for. If they need help you give it. None of us wants our boys dying on foreign land anymore but you have to respect your agreements. Hopefully it won't come to that. If NK keeps doing what they are doing the UN will eventually have to get involved anyway. So we should all just give them food and oil and let them do what they want? Like blow shit up. No. But I hope a few well placed assassins will help them think it over.

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Wow Obama you go boy!! Grown some b@lls I guess. All your starry eyed admirers must really be glad they voted you in to be the one to get involved in another war. Show the world your spots under those sheep skins. There must be oil or some other valuable resource in North Korea!!

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What worries me is that little Kim may already have sold a couple of his homemade nukes to the middle eastern whackos.

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"Oh gee . .how reasurring - - given USA track record in Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan."

The US is simply reaffirming their position, it's not unexpected or any kind of sudden bombast like you may hear/see in other cases.

"Wow Obama you go boy!! Grown some b@lls I guess. All your starry eyed admirers must really be glad they voted you in to be the one to get involved in another war."

Oh, please... we all know if Obama said nothing you'd be criticizing him for that, too. Are you saying if it were a Republican in office you hope s/he'd simply sit on his/her hands and do nothing?

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the armistice agreement that ended the Korea War more than a century ago

More than half a century ago. An easy one to miss though, the brain sees what it expects to see.

Washington has relatively few options when dealing with Pyongyang.

Militarily it has none due to the geography problem, as anybody who has ever taken a bus ride from downtown Seoul to the DMZ knows. No attack could succeed fast enough to prevent the retaliation. That is what protects the North and is why the Kim's have not been removed militarily. But then they also know that if they seriously attack the South, then they lose that protection. A 57 year Mexican standoff.

All your starry eyed admirers must really be glad they voted you in to be the one to get involved in another war

As the war has never officially been ended with a peace treaty, only an armistice, technically the US IS involved in a war, as are the UN. Saying they will defend South Korea is redundant.

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smithinjapan: If those same words were coming from a white Republican those comments(without any logic I might add) you noted wouldn't have been made.

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Agree smithinjapan. < :-)

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The thing is NK might be crazy but an attack on the south would be an almost definite end to their rain. If that is their goal then by all means do so lol. I'm not saying that wouldn't be welcome but at what cost? How much longer will Japan, South Korea and the rest of the world be held hostage by this stalinist regime. I also question how many North Koreans will be loyal if war breaks out? Moral doesn't bode well for a country which life is basically being sucked out of it. Stay in the north and most certainly starve or take the chance at a better life in the south.

The number of North Koreans that have defected over the past three years have been over 10,000. That's about as many as had fled to the South over the entire previous period since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice. It is believed well over 20,000 in total are at large hiding in China and elsewhere. This is in addition to well over 2 million lives lost due to starvation. So I agree with the sediments here as it wouldn't take much to overthrow the north. After all who wants for fight for a madman which has no vision or concern for it's own people. The question now is will China continue to hold it's hand or throw down the gauntlet and put an end to this tragedy.

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Ever since the US Congress shamelessly voted to cut off continued funding and military support for South Vietnam in 1975 after it had given assurances it would always support them, these "reassurances" by Uncle Sam are almost worthless.

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I don't get how anyone can find fault with Obama on this.

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“South Korea is our ally. It has been since the Korean war,”

Obama is sooooo smart.

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Oh, please... we all know if Obama said nothing you'd be criticizing him for that, too. Are you saying if it were a Republican in office you hope s/he'd simply sit on his/her hands and do nothing?

He rather ineloquently said the right thing, though he sounded just plain dumb. But the world knows Obama is all teleprompter, no action. Even James Carville says Obama lacks balls (1 to be exact).

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I don't get how anyone can find fault with Obama on this.

Oh, they'll find a way.

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manfromamerica,

What James Carville meant was that Obama get the balls to move more to the Left.

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"See? There's nothing wrong with letting a dictator stay and obtain more and more powerful weapons over time."

Gee Super, that argument still doesn't hold any water. That's why NK get's Operation Enduring Misery.

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Oh, please... we all know if Obama said nothing you'd be criticizing him for that, too.

That's not criticism. I'm all for what Obama said. It's part of the US's commitment and why they are in that part of the world. My post was mocking all the starry eyed supporters who used to tell us that Obama would bring world peace. I mean you should have heard all the hype at the time with people describing him as the second coming of Christ. Well now we see he actually has to do his job and not pave the roads with chocolate and fill the skies with marshmallows. And you know also Mr. Smith that you have criticized Bush and blamed him for things that happened after his administration left office. That in itself is an obsession with you.

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"us track record in Iraq -Afghnistan? tss Get REAL its not a actually "War" over there just suicide Bombers Blowing themselves up, DO you KNOW what War is!? Iraq army was Leveled in 1991. the North Koreans don't know of these lame tatics & many will Leave or Join the allies in Fighting.

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don't get how anyone can find fault with Obama on this.

Oh, they'll find a way.

Good the finally post Nessie after the past two years.

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