Skip to comments.Navy moves ship off coast of Korean Peninsula, White House looks to 'reassure' allies
Posted on 04/01/2013 2:10:57 PM PDT by Ron C.
The U.S. military has moved a Navy ship capable of intercepting missiles to waters off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, as threats from North Korea's Kim Jong Un escalate and the White House signals it wants to head off any potential conflict by flexing America's military might.
A U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News that the Navy had moved the U.S. destroyer to a location near South Korea. The ship, the USS Fitzgerald, is equipped with the Aegis defense system and is capable of shooting down missiles.
The defense official said the decision is not part of the ongoing joint military exercise with South Korea but part of the Navy's general movements. The Navy had the same type of ship in this location as recently as December.
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"The threats are seen as part of an effort to provoke the new government in Seoul to change its policies toward Pyongyang and to win diplomatic talks with Washington in order to gain more aid."
I think we’re the regime’s biggest enablers. They play us like an aggressive panhandler working a busy intersection.
I believe the name of the ship in the Fox story is the USS McCain (not the USS Fitzgerald)?
The Norks simply run the biggest con-game on earth.
Right you are. Both the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and the
USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) are Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, both stationed in Japan. Probably they used the DDG-56 pic because they didn’t have a close up of DDB-62.
With anyone other than barry he’d likely get his fool head blown off.
Got pics of the USS Cushing when she was at Yokosuka.
It’s Pyonpang’s version of Oil for Food.
So if NK attacks anyone but SK, we can stop it?
I am sure this makes the South Koreans feel better
Maybe if we send Rodman AND Madonna next time....??
Thanks. I read a little further in the second paragraph where it says “ Officials initially misidentified the ship but later clarified the USS McCain had been dispatched.”
So I guess it was the USS McCain that was dispatched, although it doesn’t really matter.
Prime time for a Nork sub attack.
Reminds me of the time I was in those waters and it was cold. I was aboard the USS Enterprise and that was during the Pueblo incident. I worked the flight deck and when the carrier would turn into the wind to launch the planes one would down right freeze to death. We would huddle around the exhaust of the APU units to warm back up.
so does China.
The only way to “reassure” anyone is for nobama to resign immediately.
Any day now I expect to start seeing reports of Muslim Brotherhood “freedom fighters” closing in on little Kim’s palace.
This could get nasty real fast—one mistake and people will die. I think the North will back down—but what if this is really China’s game and they want to cook Japan so as to steal these islands and grab Taiwan to boot. A quick war—say 7 days and all of Asia is in their pocket.
I think China realizes that war would kill their trade with the US, leaving several hundred million workers with no one to sell to.
China & Chinese workers LIKE having US dollars or at least US IOUs to spend.
This is not to say that there are not many Chinese generals & admirals who would love to see a (how do you say, “Blitzkrieg” in Mandarin?) war?
The USS Edmund Fitzgerald? That could be a bad omen.
What does China need to go to war for? All they need to do is tell the Brown Clown they’re taking those islands and he’d be fine with it.
I spoke to someone from Australia. He said all the Pacific countries have been talked to by China in the last few years. They have been told to either work with China against the U.S. or there will be severe consequences in the future.
I have spoken to people from the Middle East and Northern Africa. They have been told to oppose Christians and the U.S. Persecution of Christians and anti-American sentiment is at an all time high.
If there is a war—China will not be directly involved—It will be short and be resolved in the UN—Obama will get a new Peace Prize—Hillary will be at the Peace Table—everyone will forget Benghazi and the junk will still be coming in from China! They win! Think more like the 6 day war than WW II.
An observation: IMO the N. Koreans are about to nuke their own people to assist in making what food there is go further and last longer. They will use the rest of the planet and the “war” of their own making to do this.
Will not be the first time the leadership of a nation has lied to its people.
That’s actually my perception of what will happen. China wants and needs oil. There are many oil rich islands such as the Spratly islands. Control over these islands has been contested for decades and now China may be ready to make a move. We are the only ones standing in the way.
If NK pulls off a surprise attack, the South is fairly screwed even if we shot down every single missile aimed at them. We can’t shoot down artillery shells, and the Kims have enough artillery stashed under mountain bunkers within range of Seoul to pretty much level the place. Ships can’t do much when the enemy is dug in like a 20 minute drive from your capital.
Jeez, everybody knows it!
I think a lot of NK capability is overrated. In my scenario they may even invade as far as the Han River but that will be tough for them to hold in the longer run.
The Pentagon cannot even make payroll. Over 750,000 civilians, who are maintainers, nurses, trainers, and every other function will be furloughed for no less than 14 days this year, resulting in a 15% loss in pay.
But as yesterdays press conference with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey made clear, its essentially a Band-Aid for what amounts to a bleeding artery. The Pentagon must still cut $41 billion this year from its budget; it remains over $20 billion short on readiness and operational funds; it is facing a shortfall of some $7 billion in monies needed for the drawdown in Afghanistan; and it has already used up 80% of its operating funds for the year with six months still to go. In his usual, can-do way, General Dempsey said the military can still make all this work as long as the military could shed excess equipment, dump excess facilities, get acquisition reforms in place, reduce redundancy, and overhaul the militarys compensation structure. Well, good luck on all those fronts. More likely, as we say, when pigs fly. In the meantime, training is being radically reduced, maintenance across the services is being postponed, exercises are being cancelled, and the prospect of even deeper cuts to force structure and modernization plans await if the Budget Control Acts sequester requirements are not rolled back by this fall.
This madness has to stop.
The Republicans should never, ever have agreed to rape Defense so that it had to "pay" 50% of the Sequestration cuts, while Entitlements (the biggest driver of debt and deficit) are exempt. This is an obscenity.
We are emboldening our enemies throughout the world with this budget fiasco. Our politicians of both parties REFUSE to acknowledge that Federal spending on health care costs (Medicare, Medicaid, ObamaCare) and other Entitlements are on the verge of consuming almost all spending in this country.
We have STOP THIS MADNESS NOW.
Our military has been sacrificed on the political altar for too long. It has been slashed by $487 Billion beginning in 2011, and then another $650 Billion by Sequestration.
Our commie loving Pres and majority of Senate have effectively made this country unable to defend itself - and betrayed the American people.
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