What Could We Do If North Korea Invaded South Korea?

The posts below report the relative numbers of troops respectively of the U.S. and North Korea and the block on nuclear retaliation to a North Korean attack.

To speculate a bit, our U.S. military has been exhausting itself with unwinnable wars in the Middle East. Consequently, should North Korea decide to invade South Korea, there is not much that we could do about it. We could not attack it with nuclear weapons which would spread dangerous radioactivity throughout the area — particularly threatening China. Let us not forget the disastrous effects of Chernobyl!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster

The aggressive acts of North Korea, killing people on a ship it sank, firing back and forth, cannot but make one wonder what more its enigmatic leadership has in mind. With a sudden attack, could it not finish off the Korean war by capturing South Korea with all its valuable resources? This seems to be an act of madness, but the North has been warning us that it has also nuclear capacity as well as its massive military.

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737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire
With more than 2,500,000 U.S. personnel serving across the planet and military bases spread across each continent, it’s time to face up to the fact that our American democracy has spawned a global empire.

http://www.alternet.org/story/47998

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North Korea is the most militarized country in the world today,[4] having the fourth largest army in the world, at about 1,106,000 armed personnel, with about 20% of men ages 17–54 in the regular armed forces.[5] It also has a reserve force comprising 8,200,000 personnel. It operates an enormous network of military facilities scattered around the country, a large weapons production basis, a dense air defense system, the third largest chemical weapons stockpile in the world,[6] and includes the largest Special Forces contingent (numbering 180,000 men).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_People%27s_Army

I wonder whether our security people are beginning to speculate along similar lines?

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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