Skip to comments.U.S. Air Force 'Ready To Strike' If Korean Tensions Escalate
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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Ready to strike camp, or ready to strike? I guess it depends on which Obama wakes up that morning.
Was that statement cleared with Barry, or is it boilerplate “we stand ready to defend ROK”, etc.
They can be ready 24/7. Someone has to give the order...
What Would Curtis E LeMay Do?
” ‘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??
That's Kadena in English.
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.
This is how the US should wage war.
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.
Um... they had better check with our bankers (the Chinese) first!
Doesn’t South Korea have an air force?
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.
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.
Tell us, Schwartzie, the difference in sortie rate from Kaneda as opposed to Andersen?
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.
Got any of those "neutron gadget's" left?
Barry cannot strike and risk losing his precious Nobel Prize.
LeMay would have already done IT. He wouldn’t have waited more then 20 minutes. President be damned.
Strike? Against which side? Pakistan?
i thought barry would “convince” the world to be peace loving and sing kumbyyaaa together
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
Obammy and Nappy would think that racist. Giving NK more “aid” would be better./s
Bammy won’t do anything until NK joins the Tea Party....
At least you got the time span right in this rant.
” 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....
He'd light that big cigar and commence to kick A$$!
There are thousands of North Korean Artillery pieces trained on Seoul, the political and economic capital of South Korea. The Republic of Korea probably could defeat the north, but tens of thousands of their civilians will die.
Just send in the B2’s.They’ll never see it coming.
In the end, US and SK would prevail, but the slaughter would be WWII-like.
Only nukes can neutralize the NORKS...a sudden strike in the Capital, all major bases and every 2-3 miles along the DMZ with "small, tactical" nukes.
There are AT LEAST 10,000 MRLS tubes pointed at Seoul with another 5,000 Howitzers...all within range. The damage would be nuke-equivalent...and they could shoot the whole wad in less than an hour and without any tactical or strategic movement of forces.
That said, PERHAPS a non-nuke EMP attack would take out the MRLS systems and most/all their CCC capability along the DMZ. We probably also know where the bulk of their nuke weapons are...assuming they actually have any that won't "fizzle".
Ultimately, this question has to be answered:
Does the "civilized world" have the will to kill 10-20million people to prevent a similar toll of their own?
Really? Where did I go wrong? SK has their own military. This is BS noise. SK capital Seoul is right on the border with NK.
NK’s artillery can take out much of Seoul in a day. If you think China is going to allow that then keep dreaming. The Chinese are about $$$ 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
No ball game for me. Much more entertaining watching a psycho like you make an ass out of yourself.
Which would give NK a good excuse to nuke our country they’ve been waiting for??????