At 2/5/13 02:08 PM, Cootie wrote:
We went after Saddam because we assumed he had nukes.
No we didn't. That was a lie, not a mistake.
Now we have North Korea saying "we will nuke you any day now" over and over again while actively trying to build them. I don't see why the world (not just the US) is sitting around and waiting for them to be successful and be a real threat before somebody does anything.
Because we know that it's just impotent saber-rattling. NK likes to put on a big show, but the truth is that it's an extremely impoverished and starving country with nothing even close to any real means of attacking us. North Korea will inevitably fall, but whatever happens to stabilize the region afterwards (whether it's reunification or something else) will be a long, complex, messy process that requires extensive cooperation and involvement from South Korea and the whole international community, really. If we just went in there and instantly squashed the regime (which is obviously well within our power), it would be a total disaster for NK's civilian population, for the South, and for us.
And even if somehow the worst case scenario were true, and North Korea really was a true threat, it would still be a delicate diplomatic situation, because nobody wants a nuclear war.