Opinion – Can US win the game of chicken with North Korea? – Editorial – Global Times

Topographic map of North Korea. Created with G...

Topographic map of North Korea. Created with GMT from SRTM data. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Major Crandall's UH-1D helicopter cli...

English: Major Crandall’s UH-1D helicopter climbs skyward after discharging a load of infantrymen on a search and destroy mission. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Highly cited around the world, read this editorial in English published in China’s influential Global Times. It suggests that despite overwhelming strength of the US, Pyongyang can risk everything if there is a showdown between it and Washington. It argues that the US should avoid such a scenario and it needn’t feel disgraced because of it.

Source: Can US win the game of chicken with North Korea? – Global Times

Whilst I agree with the logic of the Global Times article and the conclusions, it glosses over the complexity of the context. I’ve spent a large part of my life working with American corporations and their ‘national psyche‘ is different. Can you imagine an American backing down from a game of chicken, especially when they can throw in the ‘mine’s bigger than yours’ variation? Then toss into the mix, the real ‘elephant in the room‘ – Donald Trump’s ego.

Americans understand poker and as the Global Times highlights Pyongyang can risk everything. America’s record on limited military engagement has been far from perfect, often resulting in unplanned escalation and loss of American military lives. Is Congress ready to send ground troops for a full invasion and what of the responses of China & Russia?

Surely, it’s time to think smart and deploy carot rather than stick? Or is this potentially the beginning of another Vietnam War to mobilize Americans blighted by emerging technology and the embarassing rise in depair deaths?


One response

  1. As Dr Alf knows. this is much more than a game of “chicken”, as it could easily lead to World War III.

    The PNAC website specifically identifies North Korea, Russia and China as targets for regime change and North Korea has been “war-gamed” several times, using the “Wisdom Warfare” system.
    America could use its Space Command complete with fully cloaked weapons to obliterate North Korea from space without committing a single soldier but there are obvious risks in so doing including having to admit that this force exists in abrogation of treaties and what the rest of the world knows or thinks it knows.

    Committing ground troops,using bunker busting bombs to take out the corpulent Kim Jong Un would cause horrendous casualties and probably trigger World War 3 before the allotted time which is likely to be within the next 20 years.

    Containment by Tesla shield placed over North Korea to include the border and a second one over Seoul is probably the best policy because it would render their missiles ineffective.

    Starving that country into submission with sanctions is dangerous and would provoke the North Koreans who would have nothing to lose.

    In the end they will not give up their nuclear weapons and in their position I would not do so given what happened to Ghaddafi and what people think happened to Saddam Hussein.

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