In response to this article and my comments about strength and resolve I received a response asking if we would really respond to north Korean actions and whether the deployment of the F-22s was only more US bluster. He commented that given the last decade plus of Afghanistan and Iraq are we sure we would really conduct any kind of military operation against north Korea? Here is my response:
Do you think that the US will not respond if US forces or installations are attacked? Do you think that the US will not meet its commitments under the ROK/US Mutual Defense Treaty? Do you think the US would or should do neither because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Do you really think that the US would not respond if the north employed a nuclear weapon? Have we completely given up declaratory policy? Your comments seem to imply that we won't or can't (or should not?) respond. If you think that President Obama would accept such recommendations and not act to either defend US personnel or interests or meet US treaty obligations then I can only assume that you believe the US should therefore abrogate all treaties to which it is a party and bring all US forces home (and go immediately to global zero). If we are unwilling to defend ourselves and our allies because of Iraq and Afghanistan then we are in deep trouble indeed.
· ASIA NEWS
· Updated March 31, 2013, 10:03 a.m. ET
U.S. Moves Stealth Fighters to South Korea
WASHINGTON—U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets arrived in South Korea on Sunday for joint exercises, U.S. defense officials said, the latest demonstration of advanced military capabilities meant to deter provocations from Pyongyang.
The arrival of the F-22s came after previous displays of U.S. air power that included B-52 bombers and B-2 stealth bombers. The F-22s are ordinarily stationed in Japan at Kadena air force base, but flew to Osan Air Base in South Korea for the continuing exercises.
How far did B-2 stealth bombers travel for a "practice run" in South Korea? Why is North Korea threatening missile strikes against U.S. cities like Austin, Texas? WSJ's Jason Bellini has the Short Answer.
F-22 fighters, among the most expensive and advanced weapons in the U.S. Air Force arsenal, are capable of evading radar and air-defense systems.
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