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U.S. Air Force 'Ready To Strike' If Korean Tensions Escalate
The Chosun Ilbo ^ | November 26, 2010

Posted on 11/26/2010 10:29:30 AM PST by Strategy

The U.S. Air Force is ready to respond immediately if hostilities between the two Koreas escalate, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said Wednesday. Schwarz told reporters after North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island, "The bottom line is that U.S. Forces Korea cetainly is monitoring the situation carefully."

He mentioned Osan and Gunsan in South Korea, Kaneda in Okinawa, Japan, and other U.S. Air Force bases in the Pacific to emphasize that the U.S. has plenty of firepower in the region. Schwarz added USFK Commander Gen. Walter Sharp "has operational control of Air Force assets that reside on the peninsula and can be augmented if required."

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; badengrish; kadena; kunsan; misawa; northkorea; obama; osan; usfk
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1 posted on 11/26/2010 10:29:36 AM PST by Strategy
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To: Strategy

Ready to strike camp, or ready to strike? I guess it depends on which Obama wakes up that morning.


2 posted on 11/26/2010 10:32:15 AM PST by Vermont Lt (Don't taze my junk bro.)
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To: Strategy

Was that statement cleared with Barry, or is it boilerplate “we stand ready to defend ROK”, etc.


3 posted on 11/26/2010 10:32:35 AM PST by AU72
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To: Strategy

They can be ready 24/7. Someone has to give the order...


4 posted on 11/26/2010 10:32:55 AM PST by Rutles4Ever (Ubi Petrus, ibi ecclesia, et ubi ecclesia vita eterna!)
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To: Strategy

What Would Curtis E LeMay Do?


5 posted on 11/26/2010 10:33:53 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: Strategy

” ‘Ready To Strike’ If Korean Tensions Escalate “

Has our Strategic Alert Level been updated - and under what circumstances does the Theater-Commander have “Weapons Free” authority??


6 posted on 11/26/2010 10:34:14 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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Kaneda in Okinawa, Japan

That's Kadena in English.

7 posted on 11/26/2010 10:34:49 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: AU72

I was thinking written by Barry’s children that are running the show. Didn’t seem like something that would have been said by someone at that level under previous presidents.


8 posted on 11/26/2010 10:35:07 AM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: Bryanw92

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:B-29s_dropping_bombs.jpg

This is how the US should wage war.


9 posted on 11/26/2010 10:35:41 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: Vermont Lt

So far NORK has sunk a S.Korean ship and bombarded their marines. What more does it take to retaliate? So they can probably do anything they want to further humiliate S.Korea and the US.


10 posted on 11/26/2010 10:35:51 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Strategy

Um... they had better check with our bankers (the Chinese) first!


11 posted on 11/26/2010 10:36:29 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Strategy

Doesn’t South Korea have an air force?


12 posted on 11/26/2010 10:37:28 AM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: DarthVader

PING


13 posted on 11/26/2010 10:42:05 AM PST by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: Bryanw92

Just now took a brief history lesson on LeMay thanks to your reference.

The guy knew how to kill people and break things. That’s for sure.


14 posted on 11/26/2010 10:43:13 AM PST by digger48
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To: Strategy

They better keep an eye on Taiwan too. There’s too much ‘look at me’ from North Korea going on. With a weak U.S. president it could be the perfect time for the Chicoms to make a move against Taipei.


15 posted on 11/26/2010 10:44:42 AM PST by americanophile (November can't come fast enough....)
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To: Strategy

Tell us, Schwartzie, the difference in sortie rate from Kaneda as opposed to Andersen?


16 posted on 11/26/2010 10:46:05 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: Oldexpat

Americans helped humiliate themselves by electing the muslim and trading liberty for a TV clicker.

ALL TV covers for Hussein yet the idiots keep watching it and empowering him by watching.

Let South Korea start handling this. They have had 41 years to build up their military. The SK’s bought weapons systems to fight a war with Japan.


17 posted on 11/26/2010 10:48:13 AM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Bryanw92
What Would Curtis E LeMay Do?

Got any of those "neutron gadget's" left?

Regards,
GtG

18 posted on 11/26/2010 10:49:10 AM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Frantzie
Doesn’t South Korea have an air force?
Bingo - we have a winner! WTF should one more American die in Korea?
Sixty years after the Korean War and they can't defend themselves? TFB.
19 posted on 11/26/2010 10:49:35 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Strategy

Barry cannot strike and risk losing his precious Nobel Prize.


20 posted on 11/26/2010 10:49:54 AM PST by Pavegunner72
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To: Bryanw92

LeMay would have already done IT. He wouldn’t have waited more then 20 minutes. President be damned.


21 posted on 11/26/2010 10:52:36 AM PST by CCGuy (USAF (Ret.))
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To: Strategy
U.S. Air Force 'Ready To Strike' If Korean Tensions Escalate

Strike? Against which side? Pakistan?

22 posted on 11/26/2010 10:56:51 AM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: AU72

i thought barry would “convince” the world to be peace loving and sing kumbyyaaa together


23 posted on 11/26/2010 10:58:25 AM PST by mriguy67
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To: kingattax

Kaboom!!


24 posted on 11/26/2010 10:59:09 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Strategy

The General is truly a “bottom line” kind of guy. He also said:

“On the issue of a possible return of tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea, Schwartz said the issue has not been discussed by the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, but added he would advise Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen to the best of his ability. “The bottom line is, we have substantial capability on the peninsula and in the immediate environments to sustain a very credible deterrent posture,” he said.”

The first quote is a little out of context since it was in response to the question of forces in the area and the interpretation in the opening line is a little misleading.

However, all that said... let the frickin’ UN handle it and let U.S. get out of the way. Seriously, why is it that the world hates us until they are in trouble? This much of being a Libertarian I am in favor of.

NORK are being provocative to orchestrate extortion and to assert the new Imawackjob successor to Imawackjob I. It is a foolish game but not too foolish because the CHICOMS are backing them.

If we have a true interest in the area we should kick the livin’ crap out of them. Only Regan would do that... nothing and forget it or definitive action. He also refused to pay anyone extortion.


25 posted on 11/26/2010 11:01:07 AM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: Bryanw92
What Would Curtis E LeMay Do?

He'd do what the Commander-in-chief directed him to do, and then, if it wasn't his idea too, would complain about it being the wrong policy.

26 posted on 11/26/2010 11:01:19 AM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: Strategy

I’ll await forming a decision on what to do with NK until Jimmy Carter weighs in. He, of course, will first have to consult with his daughter, Amy. /s


27 posted on 11/26/2010 11:01:53 AM PST by JPG (The GOP leadership is on probation. No second chances. Don't blow it.)
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To: Strategy

worried about korea, the middle east, or any other hot spot in the world....do not worry, just do some research....see carter, jimmy for further clarification


28 posted on 11/26/2010 11:02:14 AM PST by joe fonebone (The House has oversight of the Judiciary...why are the rogue judges not being impeached?)
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To: Frantzie

Yes.


29 posted on 11/26/2010 11:04:28 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: oh8eleven

So Korea is not gonna do jack s**t until we do something. This is ALL BS by China to tie us up and make us look bad.

China and SK do a huge amount of trade together. This is such NONSENSE! SK is selling tons of Hyundais in America. Use some of that money to build up their defenses more.

Hey SK - Japan is not your enemy. Stop buy weapons to fight a war with Japan.

If after 60 years SK cannot protect themselves from NK then WTF is their deal?

Nonsense, noise, meaningless BS by China.


30 posted on 11/26/2010 11:04:51 AM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Spent a year uphill from Kadena on top of Futemna, great party town for a young guy or gal.. well... it used to be.. Some of those old rock clubs must be internet cafes about now.

God Bless our fine young men and women ready to do battle for our way of life.


31 posted on 11/26/2010 11:05:17 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Strategy

Obammy and Nappy would think that racist. Giving NK more “aid” would be better./s


32 posted on 11/26/2010 11:08:46 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Oldexpat

Bammy won’t do anything until NK joins the Tea Party....


33 posted on 11/26/2010 11:10:16 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Frantzie

At least you got the time span right in this rant.


34 posted on 11/26/2010 11:10:50 AM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: Sequoyah101

” let the frickin’ UN handle it and let U.S. get out of the way. “

If I understand the historical background correctly, the U.S. *is* “the frickin’ UN” in this situation, since our Status of Forces in South Korea was established by a UN mandate which predates SEATO or any bi-lateral defense treaties which may be in effect....


35 posted on 11/26/2010 11:14:10 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Bryanw92
What Would Curtis E LeMay Do?

He'd light that big cigar and commence to kick A$$!

36 posted on 11/26/2010 11:16:21 AM PST by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: Oldexpat

There are thousands of North Korean Artillery pieces trained on Seoul, the political and economic capital of South Korea. The Republic of Korea probably could defeat the north, but tens of thousands of their civilians will die.


37 posted on 11/26/2010 11:16:31 AM PST by rmlew (You want change? Vote for the most conservative electable in your state or district.)
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To: Strategy

Just send in the B2’s.They’ll never see it coming.


38 posted on 11/26/2010 11:16:55 AM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Strategy
Any strike by US Forces on the NORKS would ascertain the destruction of Seoul and 1/2 of South Korea.

In the end, US and SK would prevail, but the slaughter would be WWII-like.

Only nukes can neutralize the NORKS...a sudden strike in the Capital, all major bases and every 2-3 miles along the DMZ with "small, tactical" nukes.

There are AT LEAST 10,000 MRLS tubes pointed at Seoul with another 5,000 Howitzers...all within range. The damage would be nuke-equivalent...and they could shoot the whole wad in less than an hour and without any tactical or strategic movement of forces.

That said, PERHAPS a non-nuke EMP attack would take out the MRLS systems and most/all their CCC capability along the DMZ. We probably also know where the bulk of their nuke weapons are...assuming they actually have any that won't "fizzle".

Ultimately, this question has to be answered:

Does the "civilized world" have the will to kill 10-20million people to prevent a similar toll of their own?

39 posted on 11/26/2010 11:17:18 AM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: John W

Really? Where did I go wrong? SK has their own military. This is BS noise. SK capital Seoul is right on the border with NK.

NK’s artillery can take out much of Seoul in a day. If you think China is going to allow that then keep dreaming. The Chinese are about $$$ and power. Business between SK and China is too good to screw things up. Chin and SK are getting rich - they “ain’t” gonna let NK screw that up. NK wants a few billion under the table from SK. Just another shake down.

This is China flexing it’s muscles to make us look bad. Not much we will be able to do until 2012. Having a usurper muslim in the white hut is all about getting opur troops killed and humiliated. People in 2008 cast this die. We have plenty of idiot anti-birthers/semi DUm dummies on FR who say - “oh leave it alone.”

Go back to watching today’s NCAA ball games or dance contests on TV. Americans swapped liberty and freedom for a TV clicker.


40 posted on 11/26/2010 11:17:42 AM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Uncle Ike
It's the NWO cabals wet dream to have wars that never end, this just one of them, and most of us are still sleeping.
41 posted on 11/26/2010 11:17:45 AM PST by de.rm (Bang, bang, . . bang. Shhh=Bush, the elder, E. Howard Hunt, LBJ, Mrs, Edgar Hoover)
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To: Frantzie

You went wrong in the earlier post where you said forty-one years. Maybe the world wide web has the same effect on you that TV does on the rest of us?


42 posted on 11/26/2010 11:21:12 AM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: Mariner

This is just another shakedown by NK. SK will quietly wire a few billion to NK.

Business between SK and China is too good to let Nk screw anything up. This is also designed to make the US look weak in Asia. Thank the idiots who voted for Hussein and the idiots who watch TV because ALL of TV enables Hussein and keeps him in power.


43 posted on 11/26/2010 11:22:55 AM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: puppypusher
Send the Bones first:

http://www.megafortress.com/12.htm

44 posted on 11/26/2010 11:25:49 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (V for Vendetta.)
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To: John W

Go back to your ball games gramps. You need more brainwashing today from TV. 41 years 60 years - whatever. SK has had decades to build up their military.

Nothing will happen anyway. China and SK are getting rich trading with each other. We are picking up the tab for SK which is BS.


45 posted on 11/26/2010 11:26:45 AM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Frantzie
Business between SK and China is too good to let Nk screw anything up. This is also designed to make the US look weak in Asia.

You're Red China. The Norks are a client. SKorea is a business partner.

SKorea is also an ally of the USA, your principal geopolitical competitor.

The leader of the USA is a feckless, naive coward.

Use the Norks to threaten SKorea. Expose their USA ally as unreliable and feckless.

Serves to separate SKorea from their ally, moves them closer to your orbit.

It's a game. The ultimate objective is the diminishment of the USA.

Red China...1
Obama.....zip

46 posted on 11/26/2010 11:35:10 AM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Uncle Ike

Yes, I recall that the original “police action” was in concert with the UN and that the action never ended but is now in truce. I also understand that we, the US, requested a UN mandate but that it is not a UN requirement of US.

So, since it is a UN action, as you assert, why is the US so prominent and the others so absent?

The US represents 4.4% of the global population. We have 30,000 troops in SK at our cost and our risk. I’ll risk that some may understand the implication of this proportionality.

When last I checked my facts the US is one nation of 192 member states. Where are the other 190 in this engagement?


47 posted on 11/26/2010 11:43:46 AM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: Strategy
At some point in the future of the history of the world, the United States needs to stop being Santa Claus and Policeman for the world.

NK attacked SK...not the USA. From what I hear, NK has nearly nothing, can't feed their people...how long could they last with a counterattack?

The problem with the USA getting involved - well the number ONE problem right now is obama - but the big problem is we always just give the enemy a slap on the wrist, when what they need is some teeth knocked out.

The wrist slapping just empowers them - it tells them you're either afraid, or don't know how to fight. But that probably won't come into play with obama, as being the liberal progressive mafia mouse he is, he'll try to buy them off.

That's what most of this is about; NK has learned obama and they are hurting for money...so, it's more like a request for new handout, than an attack.
48 posted on 11/26/2010 11:44:26 AM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: Frantzie

No ball game for me. Much more entertaining watching a psycho like you make an ass out of yourself.


49 posted on 11/26/2010 11:46:38 AM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: Strategy

Which would give NK a good excuse to nuke our country they’ve been waiting for??????


50 posted on 11/26/2010 11:57:30 AM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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