Skousen: Korean Military Forces – The Matchup — NK has too many artillery units to take out pre-emptively, so the US will not be able to stop Kim’s ability to do some damage to the South

World Affairs Brief, August 11, 2017 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief (http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com).

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KOREAN MILITARY FORCES: THE MATCH UP

In terms of ground troops, the United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea but only about 15,000 of those are combat troops. That’s not nearly enough to combat NK’s estimated 100,000 troops, 70% of which are stationed on or near the DMZ, housed in hardened bunker type living quarters. South Korea’s armed forces number approximately 50,000 personnel. SK has universal military service and is considered well trained. The US also has about 28,000 troops in South Korea and 39,000 combat troops in Okinawa, Japan—almost 14,000 of which are Marines.

However, the key to any military plan’s success lies in pre-emptively striking NK’s offensive capability first and then preparing to attack the men and equipment it will use in the expected retaliation. That can only be done quickly and effectively with air power and missiles.

A proper pre-emptive strike on NK would involve cruise missile attacks on NK’s 15 combat airfields, 11 of which are for fighter aircraft. NK has some obsolete Mig 15, 17 and 19 aircraft but the bulk of its fighter force is composed of 150 Mig-21’s which have limited combat capabilities against the hundreds of modern F-16, and F-15 fighters manned by South Korea. NK only has 40 modern Mig-29 aircraft which have long range missile combat capabilities.

The US also has two major air bases in South Korea, Osan where the 7th Air Force is located and Kunsan Airbase where the 8th fighter wing is located. The 7th AF has modern versions of the F-16 and the venerable A-10 attack aircraft—the best ground attack aircraft in the world. The Marines also have 8 F-35s in the country which are the most capable aircraft in the world at tracking and attacking multiple targets at long distances.

Even with all that modern capability, it would probably take a week or two of intensive aerial combat to gain air superiority over Korean skies because of the high number of NK aircraft. That time could be reduced significantly if enough destruction is aimed at NK airfields in the first pre-emptive strike. That would be accomplished first by a surprise wave of cruise missile strikes, and followed up by high altitude bombing by B-52, and B-1 bombers, which can carry much more total destructive power than cruise missiles. In the US attack on the Syrian air base, almost 20% of the Tomahawk missiles missed their target and the air base was back in operation within a week, so cruise missiles are a costly and not completely effective solution.

In order to counter NK’s significant retaliatory capability, the US and South Korea would have to intensively target and destroy NK’s artillery and rocket units, numbering some 20k tubes in total, plus a number of 240 and 300mm rocket launchers within range of the South Korean capital of Seoul. Having the nation’s capitol within range gives NK’s artillery a decided advantage since attack is almost instantaneous.

NK has an estimated 12,000 pieces of tube artillery and 2,300 pieces of multiple launch rocket artillery. The majority of tube artillery are 122mm, 130mm, 152mm and 170mm units, and their rocket launchers are either 240mm or 300mm units.

While many of those artillery pieces are relatively unprotected near the DMZ, a large number of the long-range self-propelled 122mm and 170mm pieces as well as rocket launchers are dug into the north side of the mountain ranges where they can emerge to shoot and then duck back into their tunnels for protection. The US can only counter this threat after air superiority is reached when they can keep constant combat patrols circling overhead ready to attack them when they emerge.

As for smaller and more numerous artillery batteries near the DMZ, there are simply too many targets for an effective pre-emptive strike, even with all the military capability of the USA, so the US and SK would have to rely on carpet bombing of artillery rich areas once they start firing, as well as counter-artillery batteries to take them out over time. Counter-artillery batteries have precise radar tracking technology that can pinpoint the origin of an artillery shell and take out the unit doing the firing—but it’s a slow, time-consuming process to eliminate thousands of units.

But it must be done. If allowed to fire uninhibited for even an hour or two, these artillery forces can reap a lot of destruction on Seoul, which is filled with glass commercial buildings in the central district.

(1 min video) Chuck Baldwin: ‘Christians’ Are The Biggest Cheerleaders For War

Reverse-Christianity destroying them and US!

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Message Highlight – Christians Are The Biggest Cheerleaders For War

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(video) Scott Bennett: US troops could be individually charged with war crimes for our illegal fighting in Syria

I hadn’t before heard before that participating US military personal could be charged for war crimes in Syria. That’s huge — the personal responsibility factor! Servicemen aren’t off the hook because they’re “only following orders.”

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“Another 21 civilians killed in US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria”

Published on Aug 4, 2017

The civilian death toll from US-led coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria has increased as the coalition acknowledges casualties in its previous operations.

Pat Buchanan: Are America’s Wars Just and Moral? — HORRENDOUS CARNAGE in Syria: at least 475,000 dead, 5 million Syrian refugees driven into exile • 11 million Syrians driven from their homes into wretched living conditions and near famine • Two of Syria’s greatest and oldest cities pounded into ruins • Wars in Syria, Libya and Yemen never authorized by Congress • And WE WONDER WHY THEY HATE US • Meanwhile, as the Americans bomb across the Middle East, China rises!

Are America’s Wars Just and Moral?

“One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius.

Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans. What justifies America’s participation in this slaughter?

Columnist Eric Margolis summarizes the successes of the six-year civil war to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

“The result of the western-engendered carnage in Syria was horrendous: at least 475,000 dead, 5 million Syrian refugees driven into exile in neighboring states (Turkey alone hosts three million), and another 6 million internally displaced. … 11 million Syrians … driven from their homes into wretched living conditions and near famine. …

”Two of Syria’s greatest and oldest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, have been pounded into ruins. Jihadist massacres and Russian and American air strikes have ravaged once beautiful, relatively prosperous Syria. Its ancient Christian peoples are fleeing for their lives before US and Saudi takfiri religious fanatics.” …

Among the principles for a just war, it must be waged as a last resort, to address a wrong suffered, and by a legitimate authority. Deaths of civilians are justified only if they are unavoidable victims of a deliberate attack on a military target.

The wars in Syria, Libya and Yemen were never authorized by Congress. The civilian dead, wounded and uprooted in Syria, and the malnourished millions in Yemen, represent a moral cost that seems far beyond any proportional moral gain from those conflicts.

In which of the countries we have attacked or invaded in this century — Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen — are the people better off than they were before we came?

And we wonder why they hate us.

“Those to whom evil is done/Do evil in return,” wrote W. H. Auden in “September 1, 1939.” As the peoples of Syria and the other broken and bleeding countries of the Middle East flee to Europe and America, will not some come with revenge on their minds and hatred in their hearts?

Patrick BuchananMeanwhile, as the Americans bomb across the Middle East, China rises.

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NY Times: Trump Ends Support for Hillary Clinton’s Anti-Assad Mercenaries — “It was never publicly announced, just as the beginnings of the program four years ago were officially a secret, authorized by President Barack Obama through a ‘finding’ that permitted the C.I.A. to conduct a deniable program… It joins similar failed efforts to deliver arms and money to groups seeking to overthrow governments that Washington found noxious”

MSM called us truthers “conspiracy theorists” — while the CIA & Mossad destroyed millions of people’s lives, blaming the Muslims (Libya’s ‘Muslim’ overthrow also funded covertly by USUS).

“It was never publicly announced, just as the beginnings of the program four years ago were officially a secret, authorized by President Barack Obama through a “finding” that permitted the C.I.A. to conduct a deniable program. News of the troublesome program soon leaked out.

It joins similar failed efforts to deliver arms and money to groups seeking to overthrow governments that Washington found noxious….

Great news, though the NYT article says the overthrow of EAST Syria is still on:

“But stopping the covert program, which mainly helped rebels near the Turkish border in northwestern Syrian and along the Jordanian border in the south, will not affect the fight against the jihadists of the Islamic State in the east. A different program there run by the Pentagon is supporting a Kurdish-Arab militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

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Christopher Bolyn writes on Facebook:

Trump Ends Support for Hillary Clinton’s Anti-Assad Mercenaries

Clinton’s Army of Mercenaries fought for Israel’s plan to destroy Syria as a nation.

Trump ending support for the anti-Assad mercenaries is a step in the right direction – toward ending the war and suffering in Syria.

We should remember that this covert program was carried out by Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State. This paragraph is from the New York Times article attached below:

“From the start, there were doubts that arming disorganized, often internally fractious forces would succeed. Officials in the Obama administration conceded that there was no way to predict the future loyalties of those who received American arms, despite a lengthy vetting process. That problem — getting the weapons into the right hands and assuring they were not passed on to others and used against American troops or allies — plagued the effort soon after it was proposed by Hillary Clinton, who was then secretary of state, and David H. Petraeus, the C.I.A. director at the time.”

And exactly why was Sec. Clinton working to overthrow the Syrian government? To help Israel, of course.

She said so herself, as we learned from her emails leaked by Wikileaks:

“The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.”

– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in leaked email, December 31, 2012

STORY

(video) Meet The Man Who Went To Prison To Expose Hideous US War Crimes — John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst who exposed how the United States was torturing prisoners and for doing his duty in exposing war crimes he was sent to prison

At 17:30, John Kiriakou describes the disgustingly hideous torture the USA did to Abu Zubaydah!

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Meet The Man Who Went To Prison To Expose US War Crimes

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John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst who exposed how the United States was torturing prisoners and for doing his duty in exposing war crimes he was sent to prison.

(video) Onward, ‘Christian’ Zionists — How fringe theology became mainstream — Virtually all televangelists are ‘Christian’ Zionists who support everything Talmudic Israel does

20:00 “There is virtually nothing that Israel can do that the ‘Christian’ Zionists are not willing to support.” – Irving Wesley Hall

21:30 “Virtually every major televangelist on TBN or other media is a ‘Christian’ Zionist.” – Irving Wesley Hall

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Onward, Christian Zionists

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Christian Zionists believe that in order to fulfill Biblical prophecy, Israel must conquer most of the Middle East. They are a growing force in American politics with ties to many powerful pro-Israel groups in Washington. Once considered a marginal doctrine among evangelicals, the dispensationalist theology of Christian Zionism includes a belief in the rapture, when the faithful are to be lifted up to Heaven while the rest of humanity—including most of the Jews—will perish.