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    Re: NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Where's the administration on this? Where's Obama condemning this action that killed 46? I'll tell you where, kissing Calderon's arse that's where!

    What a weak coward Obama is.





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    I think it's time to level all of Pyongyang. A message needs to be sent to Kim Jong Cocksucker. He and his horde of lunatics need to be presented with the consequences of their actions.

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    Re: NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    Quote Originally Posted by USA-1 View Post
    Desert storm was Garbage? We totally anialated the Iraqi military, ejected them from Kuwait and only lost a couple hundred men. Bush Sr showed us how to fight a war.
    All the wars to choose to argue about and you chose the one that has given us more trouble than it should have. I would state that the Gulf War was the exception, but civilians even managed to screw that up too. Bush Sr. showed us how to fight a war by getting the **** out of the way. He used his former military experience and acknowledged that war is a military man's profession. It was not Bush scheming that ejected Hussein. It was the military and their uninterfered planning. However, did we defeat our enemy? No. Civilians (Bush Sr.) chose to draw the line at the Iraqi border and **** it up. They re-defined "victory," threw a parade, and called it a win. Meanwhile, it wasn't over. Clinton would go on to bomb Iraq 4 separate times over the next 8 years while we sat around and "contained" the enemy as if we were never going to deal with him. Osama Bin Laden would use the "starving children" of Iraq to excuse 9/11. Finally, when we went to finish the Gulf War in 2003, it was called "invasion" by the critics instead of merely a continuance of what was not finished in 1991.

    Look at it this way, what if President Roosevelt drew the line at the German border and called it victory? How would that have sat in 1945? We see a different minset today. We insist on fighting wars on good manners just so we can state "we aren't like them." What bull ****. Even the Gulf War was an event that was lingered out far beyond its expiration date. The military wanted baghdad in 1991. Civilians insisted on a decade of population oppression under a UN umbrella. What happened in Iraq from 2003 on is of civilian creation. So much for a Gulf War "victory."

    There is no substitute for killing your enemy or utterly destroying his will to fight. We have insisted on doing neither ever since the Korean War and the result has been far more blood shed and more treasure than is necessary. You see the problem is that civilians, as well intentioned as they are, are absolutely beyond stupid when these affairs are concerned. What is the politicians job? Diplomacy? It is their job to figure out ways not to go to war. Upon their failure, they send the troops to bring success. But because they know they have failed, they interfere with military affairs in a hopes to be apart of the success the military has proven to be able to bring. Of course, this only places hurdles in front of the military and makes the job harder. Meanwhile, civilians who elect their favorite Washington moron insists that that failed moron figure out "alternate" ways to end the war. The irony is that it is their elected morons who ****ed things up to begin with, **** things up during the operations, and will only bring false "victory" in the end. When all is said and done, it is the military man who lingers along in the combat zone or is asked to go back later and do what he should have been allowed to do in the first place.

    Korea is unfinished business. Of course, like Iraq in 2003, it will be labeled an act of aggression and an invasion by the global critics. And before long the reporters will manage to provide the average civilian a sense of fasle conscience as he insists that politicians find a way out.

    "Winning" isn't an American objective anymore.
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    Re: NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    Quote Originally Posted by NolaMan View Post
    I get what you are saying and agree to an extent, but Article II Section II of the US Constitution clearly spells out that the President (ie civilians) will be in control of the military. That is just the way that it is.
    It doesn't state that the conduct of daily warfare or military tactics are to come out of the White House. It also doesn't give civilians license to demand impractical results and then scream "defeat" at every step in their fractured plans. I wonder how much the politicians interfered in military affairs prior to WWII? Victory after victory came from known generals on the battle field and their troops. Never were politicians featured. International organizations, diplomats, and politicians have been the "leaders" of war since 1945. Witness the results. Look at it like this...

    General Schwarzkopf and General Powell were the first household names since McArthur and Patton where it was clearly understood that war was in the military's hands. Of course, Bush and his crew of international misfits saw fit to preserve the enemy so we could merely fight him later didn't they? Until General Patreaus, the house hold name for the conduct of war wasn't General Mattis. It was Rumsfeld and Cheney. We can see clear distinction in the conduct of war and success when war is left to the practitioners. I will never subscribe to the retarded notion that civilians and their elected officials have a place in war.


    I wonder how politicians would feel if we marched on Washington and started running the government, because we insist that we know "exactly" what to do.

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    Re: NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    Quote Originally Posted by NolaMan View Post
    Well, at that point, we no longer had a nuclear monopoly, and surely we do not want to send a clear message to Russia that the use of nuclear weapons is not a big deal. If we start using weapons like that in Asia, Russia might have decided to go ahead and start using them in Europe.
    My point was that we simply gave up and called it "victory." There was no victory. We are going to finish what we didn't finish before. Of course, a nuclear armed North Korea is what our troops face now. Thanks politicians. It's just one more example of how they make it harder for us.

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    Re: NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    I think it's time to level all of Pyongyang. A message needs to be sent to Kim Jong Cocksucker. He and his horde of lunatics need to be presented with the consequences of their actions.
    I believe you are absolutely right. I would have erred on the side of caution in years past because of his nuclear status. But this asshole already has his population believing that he is defending them from the tyranny of the outside. He is the shining example of how to defy the greatest power in history. People shouldn't wonder why Iran wants the nuke. Kim has shown the world that any dictator or any other undesirable regime can do what he wishes under nuclear protection. With nuclear weapons, these nations can bully entire regions, attack neighbors, oppress their own poulations, slaughter them, and whatever else comes to mind. The rest of the "peace" loving world will remain powerless and full of BS as we insist the UN do something (The next sanction will see their shipment of Barbie dolls without their Kens.) Saddam Hussein did the same crap as he defied and defied the UN and proved to every second rate dictator and regime in the world that the UN is powerless without their American muscle. This makes us more the enemy, does it not?

    We made a statement in 1945 in Japan and Germany to the entire world. That statement was ..."**** with us and you are finished. **** with our allies and you are finished." We have behaved as if we are scared to death to make statements ever since. Our allies are attacked and we look away even as we are. Our enemies are determined to be at war with us even as we pretend he is not. It's time to take out the trash.

    The world's in need of another lesson, but one we will finish for a change under military leadership, not civilian. The civilian's job is to smooth it over with China. The military man's job is to kill the enemy when the green light goes green. Victory will come at the end of a trigger pull, not a civilian's handshake with the enemy.
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    Re: NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    I highly recommend the book "The Case for Goliath" by Michael Mandelbaum. The premise of the book is very relevant to this conversation.

    "and I know it's hard on America, and in some small corner of this vast country, out in Nevada or Idaho or these places I've never been to, but always wanted to go...I know out there there's a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business saying to you, the political leaders of this country, "why me? And why us? And why America?" And the only answer is, "Because destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do." --Tony Blair.

    America is the greatest force of good the world has ever known. Call it policing, call it interventionism, but deep down you know that without America, the world would be much, much worse off.
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    Re: NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    Quote Originally Posted by MSgt View Post
    My point was that we simply gave up and called it "victory." There was no victory.
    If I recall correctly, the original mandate was simply to restore the border at the 38 parallel. We later changed that, (which was perhaps overreaching) and it resulted in coming into direct conflict with China, and almost being overrun. I think there is a balance that can be struck between the civilian leaders and the military, and I think we have done a pretty good job of that.

    We are going to finish what we didn't finish before. Of course, a nuclear armed North Korea is what our troops face now. Thanks politicians. It's just one more example of how they make it harder for us.
    I don't think there is going to be war. I personally think a lot of what is going on is an internal power play with North Korea. Should a war actually occur, we will face the same problem as before. China will not allow NK to collapse and be replaced by a pro-western regime. Also, coming into conflict with China in such a way is not something we ought to be rushing into at this point either.

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    Re: NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    Quote Originally Posted by Polynikes View Post
    I highly recommend the book "" by Michael Mandelbaum. The premise of the book is very relevant to this conversation.

    "and I know it's hard on America, and in some small corner of this vast country, out in Nevada or Idaho or these places I've never been to, but always wanted to go...I know out there there's a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business saying to you, the political leaders of this country, "why me? And why us? And why America?" And the only answer is, "Because destiny put you in this place in history, in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do." --Tony Blair.

    America is the greatest force of good the world has ever known. Call it policing, call it interventionism, but deep down you know that without America, the world would be much, much worse off.
    I actually own this book. Haven't read it yet.

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    Re: NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    Quote Originally Posted by NolaMan View Post
    If I recall correctly, the original mandate was simply to restore the border at the 38 parallel. We later changed that, (which was perhaps overreaching) and it resulted in coming into direct conflict with China, and almost being overrun. I think there is a balance that can be struck between the civilian leaders and the military, and I think we have done a pretty good job of that.
    I consider you a thinking man at this point just from the few posts I've experienced. I sense you are different from the average dumbass who doesn't seem to think things through as they offer one liners and bumper sticker wisdom. Throw in a few thousand posts and ignite true discussion. That being said..

    I don't think we have at all. We have preserved problems to be dealt with at another date. In our entire history, we have never done this in our wars and conflicts until after WWII. Korea remains unfinished. Vietnam saw genocides. Iraq has been ripped apart. Do you realize no President since Bush Sr has had any real military experience? No understanding of military affairs? They have been products of later generations who have generally looked for ways or excuses out of military service. They have no sense of the separation that must be between military conduct and civilian leadership. Bush Sr. (as someone else unwittingly defaulted to) was the last to actually understand this, but screwed the pooch when defining "victory" for the practitioners. If only Hitler had today's politician to preserve his throne, right?

    And consider that it took 3 years of Rumsfeld fallacy before Bush tapped into a good SECDEF. Gates allowed the commanders to conduct warfare and tapped into a cultural expert (Vali Nasr - I admire very much). Gates allowed Patreaus to do his job. General Patreaus used his insights and General Mattis' insights to engineer a 180 in Iraq.

    Obama has proven to be smart in this regard. He has stayed out of it for the most part and given Patreaus the authority he deserves. Patreaus has mandated that the Marine Corps stay seperate from the NATO alliance so that we can do our job. Only time will tell if the Washington morons can manage to stay in their little cubby holes. Or will they eventually "come to the people's rally" as heroes and project their useless guidance into military affairs. My guess is the latter, unless we can pull off a win before. But Fallujah II was a result of us trying to beat the reporters and their cameras. This is the position the military is placed in.


    Quote Originally Posted by NolaMan View Post
    I don't think there is going to be war. I personally think a lot of what is going on is an internal power play with North Korea. Should a war actually occur, we will face the same problem as before. China will not allow NK to collapse and be replaced by a pro-western regime. Also, coming into conflict with China in such a way is not something we ought to be rushing into at this point either.
    Well I half heartedly agree with you. I'm just 18 years tired of it. North Korea will linger along until Kim dies. After this, who knows. We are essentially rolling the dice and hoping for the best. We have done this before and paid dearly.

    Though I do believe that China's economy movement will embrace less of the anti-western neighbor attitude as time goes by. Our economies are tied together as such to encourage an alliance of sorts over these small issues.
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    Re: NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    Quote Originally Posted by MSgt View Post
    I consider you a thinking man at this point just from the few posts I've experienced. I sense you are different from the average dumbass who doesn't seem to think things through as they offer one liners and bumper sticker wisdom. Throw in a few thousand posts and ignite true discussion. That being said..
    I appreciate this statement.

    I don't think we have at all. We have preserved problems to be dealt with at another date. In our entire history, we have never done this in our wars and conflicts until after WWII. Korea remains unfinished. Vietnam saw genocides. Iraq has been ripped apart. Do you realize no President since Bush Sr has had any real military experience? No understanding of military affairs? They have been products of later generations who have generally looked for ways or excuses out of military service. They have no sense of the separation that must be between military conduct and civilian leadership. Bush Sr. (as someone else unwittingly defaulted to) was the last to actually understand this, but screwed the pooch when defining "victory" for the practitioners. If only Hitler had today's politician to preserve his throne, right?
    I think the statement from Clausewitz that "war is politics by other means" comes into play here. I think often that the military ignores (or has the capability to ignore) political realities that I think have to play a part in the conduct of warfare. For example, in the first Gulf War, it was really politically impossible for GWB to go all the way to Baghdad and set up a new Iraqi government. Looking back, that has arguablely come back to haunt us, but at the time that was really his only real option in my opinion.

    I do not disagree that many civilians have come to power recently that have little or no military experience. However, I would argue that perhaps they have a better grasp of political realities faced around the world, and can therefore act as a good counterweight to the military, which perhaps is ignoring political implications of scenarios all together.

    For example, take the first Gulf War. It is not the military's job to worry about the political fallout that Arab states would have brought about had we continued all the way to remove Saddam. It is their job to plan on how to get rid of him and conduct the mission. However, that does not mean that a response from the Saudi's, Iranians, Egyptians etc, (in a non-military way) should be ignored, or not considered, as those responses can be just as devastating, even without the use of force. I think that is where the line is drawn, and that is why (to me) it can be a benefit that civilians keep the military in line, and the military keeps the civilians from just ignoring everything that comes along.

    And consider that it took 3 years of Rumsfeld fallacy before Bush tapped into a good SECDEF. Gates allowed the commanders to conduct warfare and tapped into a cultural expert (Vali Nasr - I admire very much). Gates allowed Patreaus to do his job. General Patreaus used his insights and General Mattis' insights to engineer a 180 in Iraq.

    Obama has proven to be smart in this regard. He has stayed out of it for the most part and given Patreaus the authority he deserves. Patreaus has mandated that the Marine Corps stay seperate from the NATO alliance so that we can do our job. Only time will tell if the Washington morons can manage to stay in their little cubby holes. Or will they eventually "come to the people's rally" as heroes and project their useless guidance into military affairs. My guess is the latter, unless we can pull off a win before. But Fallujah II was a result of us trying to beat the reporters and their cameras. This is the position the military is placed in.
    I don't dispute it is a tough position for the military, and I am not arguing that wars should be micromanaged from Washington. My point is just that civilian leadership has its role in keeping a solid balance within the military.

    The comment on NATO for example is a huge politcal issue. While for Patreus it might be a no-brainer that that is the course we need to follow, it becomes a huge political issue (for the civilians to cover) when that actually occurs.

    PS. I am also a big fan of Nasr, he was actually required reading in one of my graduate classes not all that long ago.

    Well I half heartedly agree with you. I'm just 18 years tired of it. North Korea will linger along until Kim dies. After this, who knows. We are essentially rolling the dice and hoping for the best. We have done this before and paid dearly.

    Though I do believe that China's economy movement will embrace less of the anti-western neighbor attitude as time goes by. Our economies are tied together as such to encourage an alliance of sorts over these small issues.
    Hopefully you are correct. I personally think it would benefit everyone to see the current North Korea leadership removed from power.
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