First use?
Posted by aogThursday, 19 December 2002 at 17:00 TrackBack Ping URL

As various people discuss a potential war in Korea, a big topic seems to be whether the US would use nuclear weapons to stop a North Korean advance, given the approbation that would descend on the US for another first use of nuclear weapons. I don't understand why it is assumed that the US would be the first to use them. The North Korean government is staffed primarily by insane people. They recently threatened nuclear war if South Korea elected the conservative presidential candidate. Why, exactly, wouldn't NK use a couple of nukes right off the bat to punch through the DMZ? That would take care of the land mines and since most of those troops will be killed anyway, the radiation wouldn't be much of an issue. The EMP would disrupt US/RoK communications which would be another advantage. It's not like North Korea could become more of a pariah than it already is. Another cheery thought from the mesh!

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pj Friday, 20 December 2002 at 15:24

Yes - the South Korean military is tough and would defeat North Korea if they don’t use nuclear weapons. We won’t need to use nuclear weapons unless North Korea is already using them.

oj Friday, 20 December 2002 at 22:05

On the other hand, as a caller to Rush Limbaugh said several months ago: we did pay for the things and it would be nice to get our money’s worth.

Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 21 December 2002 at 08:50

Isn’t that kind of like burning down your house to get some use out of your fire insurance?

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