Skip to comments.Is the U.S. working to de-escalate a North Korean standoff? [Warships might not sail, more missile.]
Posted on 04/09/2013 8:44:44 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Is the U.S. working to de-escalate a North Korean standoff? By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket 5 hrs ago
Warships might not sail, more missile tests might be postponed, potentially provocative photos of bombers will stay under wraps: After a muscular, even aggressive early response to North Koreas nuclear saber-rattling, the United States has shifted into a more cautious mode, eager to avoid giving Pyongyang any excuse for further escalation, officials say.
The White House, the Pentagon and the State Department are looking very carefully at American words and pending actions to make sure that they cant be misread, or that the likelihood of them being misread is low as well as to not give the North Koreans fodder for escalation, excuses to take action, according to an administration official familiar with the U.S. strategy.
Theres not a formal review going on, and we are not going to withhold or postpone any step that we consider necessary for the safety of the American people, the official, who requested anonymity, told Yahoo News.
But those things that could be not necessary? Were giving those a closer look, the official said. That means assessing our ship deployments, missile tests to make sure they dont unnecessarily raise the temperature in the already heated standoff.
The most obvious sign of this new approach out of Washington was Defense Secretary Chuck Hagels decision late last week to postpone the test launch of an InterContinental Ballistic Missile that had been scheduled for Tuesday.
"We recognized that an ICBM test at this time might be misconstrued by some as suggesting that we were intending to exacerbate the current crisis with North Korea," a defense official said Monday on condition of anonymity. "We wanted to avoid that misperception or manipulation."
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Becoming surrender weenies again....
IMO, the second that our military even attempts to make the turn to “come home” that little turd will claim victory for North Korea. There will be news stories about how he defeated the US Military
The whole thing is looking like a global show......
That is the same model Saddam Hussein used in the middle east. He wasn't dead so he won the Persian Gulf War. We had to go beck and get him.
The Norks are loving this international attention lavished on them. As always, the U.S. allows itself to be played in this little game. The Norks know they stand no chance of winning, so they won’t advance beyond this level of posturing. Obama gets to benefit as well as he gets to appear to be in command during a “crisis”... yet again.
A real American leader would’ve downplayed this whole mess and quietly sent a communique directly to Kim: “If you launch a missile at the United States, its territories or any of its allies, rest assured the American response will bring an abrupt end to the existence of the DPRK.
Then why the heck would we do them in the first place, if they are not necessary to protect America?
“Becoming surrender weenies again....”
No, ignoring the temper tantrums is and always has been a better strategy. China needs to take care of this problem not us. The NORKS are their red headed stepchild.
Kim Jun Buffoon wants to get American back to the bargaining table so he can get additional aid from us. They go through this pantomine every few years. Its best to disengage and let him spin out.
I don’t know much, but I’m listening to HAM radio right now because there are a lot of internet rumors that the military broadcasts (SKYKINGS) have been very active and using longer messages.
Just reading about them:
“The White House, the Pentagon and the State Department are looking very carefully at American words and pending actions to make sure that they cant be misread, or that the likelihood of them being misread is low as well as to not give the North Koreans fodder for escalation, excuses to take action, according to an administration official familiar with the U.S. strategy.”
Am I missing something, or do the N. Koreans not need any “excuses to take action”. It seems to me that they have already committed themselves to aggression. And what will Barry & Co. do about it? Back down again, of course. My God, what will it take to finally impeach this imposter?!
All NK has to do is orchestrate a “protest over a video” and 0bama will run faster than you can say ‘Benghazi’.
Expect the 479 S Korean managers to be expelled tomorrow. The 4 Chinese managers will stay on with maintenance crews for the annual spring cleanup.
The 53,000 NK workers and their 100,000 family members will be quite busy doing spring planting.
The SK workers posed a major security risk for the NK Second Army Corps.
Sat photos show that all four army corps reserves mobilized for combat exercises over the past few months have turned in their weapons to their local Ministry of Peoples Safety on 1, April and went back to work gathering fertilizer for spring planting.
Worker and Peasant Red Guards have to grow their own food. Sat photos show they did not carry weapons and backpacks in the fields or in the streets after 1, April as they are required when mobilized about 1, February. Now they are all carrying shovels and hoes.
When mobilized, the Guards relocate to caves and tunnels in the mountains, and now they have gone back to garrison.
Remember, the DPRK are absolute experts at incitement and propaganda. The S Koreans often deliver translations of NK statements that are not accurate.
NK statements always have a backdoor way out that lets them walk backward from hardline statements. That rarely comes through the SK translations.
Posters about self defense have been replaced with posters about the economy.
I am reminded of just before the attacks at Pearl Harbor the intelligence that Japan was about to attack. Then there was the information from the radar station in Hawaii, that spotted the air attack in time to provide warning, but the information was never properly acted upon.
So, we know that North Korea is going to conduct a nuclear missile test tomorrow and we are doing what?
Ah, history is such a harsh master.
If only we would go Beck... Just once!!
Sorry, should have been wearing my glasses...
Still, a good suggestion.
I would rather go Beck than go Galt!!
So the Chicago Mob is backing down from the North Korean mob. What a bunch of light weights.
We shall see.
24 hours now, until “go” time.
IT’S ready for launch!
It does not surprise me. Knowing who runs the National Security Council and State Department and their lack of knowledge in how to deal with North Korea, and what is worse, THAT NORTH KOREA KNOWS THEY LACK THAT CAPABILITY.
We’re fast turning into French. And it makes me a ...see tag line.
What’s the mimimum it would take to get involved in Ham Radio?
I don’t have any fancy devices at all. In fact, my husband accidentally threw out our old multi-band radio because he thought it was broken. I LOVED listening to it at night before bed.
On the internet, there are a few good sites. My favorite is this: http://websdr.org/
It uses Java, so you just click to accept the program if it prompts you to.
The first one on this list is http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/
which is quite popular right now and has quite a large range to listen to compared to other stations. It also has a chat client where interested people are posting just down below. Be warned. Since the whole Nork thing has kicked up (and links to the site has been posted)....the ‘script kiddes’ and ‘nOObs’ are posting there and don’t have any idea what they’re talking about.
Thank goodness....there are some experienced (and patient) HAM ops on there to guide them along.
I’m self taught with those formats, but it doesn’t take long to figure them out. I was intimidated at first....but then it became easier to navigate and it’s really fun.
Maybe they’ll just substitute a Taepodong for the usual flight test target, a Coleman Aerospace Hera missile, and save some money. Nice of North Korea to help us out with sequestration cuts by supplying a free target. The former is probably more likely to launch fly correctly than the latter anyway.