Sunday, 5 November 2017
Ground invasion to stop North Korea 'the only way' says Pentagon
Bali News and Views Editor's Comments:
Does America really want to pick a war with North Korea?
North Korea has - 1.13 million Military personnel (across Army, Air Force and Navy) .
America has less at 1.3 million and I am sure they wouldn't be willing to delegate more than a couple hundred thousand to the Korean Peninsula.
So America would would be outmanned 5 to 1. Let's not forget that the Korean military are probably overzealous and are willing to commit their lives to fighting for there home country. Whereas the average American G.I. probably would not have the same commitment when it comes to a serious battle. Especially when you're fighting for a guy like Donald Trump the commander-in-chief.
North Korea has 24,600 Tanks & armoured vehicles. The entire US Military has only 20,617 Tanks and again they would have to transport them to the South Korea Peninsula. So again, they would be outnumbered 10 to 1.
Yes, America has more combat aircraft at 3,400 to North Korea's 545, but again America may not commit more than 500. So a air war would be even.
So the bottom line is that America might run the same risk it did during the 1950 Korean war especially if China and Russia helps North Korea.
So let's stop talking about a ground assault, it appears to me that America would once again lose a major war as it did in North Korea and Vietnam .
Rear Admiral Michael Dumont (right) made the comments on behalf of the Pentagon. Photo credit: KCNA/ US Navy.
Pentagon officials say the only way to stop North Korea's nuclear programme would be a ground invasion that would disarm the rogue nation of its power.
According to reports, the claim came after two US congressmen asked for an evaluation of the human cost of a war with North Korea as tensions heighten between the two nuclear powerhouses.
"The only way to 'locate and destroy with complete certainty all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons programmes is through a ground invasion," Rear Admiral Michael Dumont said in a statement on behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Kim Jong-un assessing a military parade in Pyongyang. Photo credit: Getty
Rear Admiral Dumont added while calculating the cost of human life would be difficult he said there is a possibility that chemical and biological weapons could be used by North Korea in a war.
There are no good military options for North Korea - congressmen
Following that bleak assessment by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congressman Ted Lieu released a statement alongside other lawmakers and war veterans to warn of the dangers of war.
Ted Lieu is a congressman from California. Photo credit: Getty
"The Joint Chiefs of Staff has now confirmed that the only way to destroy North Korea's nuclear arsenal is through a ground invasion," the statement reads.
"That is deeply disturbing and could result in hundreds of thousands, or even millions of deaths in just the first few days of fighting.
"As Veterans, we have defended this nation in war and we remain committed to this country's security. We also understand that entering into a protracted and massive ground war with North Korea would be disastrous for US troops and our allies."
Head to head: The military might of the United States and North Korea
According to CNN, 2017 Index of US Military Strength and International Institute of Strategic Studies here is what both countries bring to the table in terms of military power.
Military personnel - 1.3 million (across Army, Air Force and Navy)
Combat aircraft - 3400
Tanks & armoured vehicles - 20,617
Major naval vessels - 203
Military personnel - 1.13 million (across Army, Air Force and Navy)
Combat aircraft - 545
Tanks & armoured vehicles - 24,600
Major naval vessels - 75
US President Donald Trump's is currently on his first trip to Asia and started off in Japan where he met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the weekend.
Mr Trump will also visit China, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines during his 12 day trip.