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.