Bluffing or not, they’ve lost one important tactical advantage and that’s the element of surprise. I’m thinking diversionary tactics where everyone’s attention is over the skies of east asia, then Tehran attacks Tel Aviv, or some similar scenario.
Their subs could sink a ship (Cheonan), they could shell an island (they did that too), they could send sabotuers and terrorists through a tunnel under the DMZ or and them by sea (thy did that before too) they could launch a missile they could do a lot of different things. They have even blown up a Korean Air Lines plane with a bomb.
Until the south begins hitting them back HARD, the Nork leaders won’t take them too seriously
Perhaps this will remind Obama how important it is to maintain the ability to conduct multiple wars simultaneously...would hurt to be looking left when a right was heading into your glass chin.
I think that's the right direction to be looking.
Element of surprise? How many in DC are playing this like it’s all a joke? (”Wow - he really did it. Thought he was only kidding”).