Although there has been no official statement from the North Korean government, high ranking members of that governing body have declared the truce with South Korea to be ended, over, done, canceled!
Let’s pick up the story as reported by Fox News….
March 9, 2013: The guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82), arrives to participate in the annual joint military exercises, dubbed Key Resolve, between South Korea and The United States. (AP)
SEOUL, South Korea – “North Korean state media said Monday that Pyongyang had carried through with a threat to cancel the 60-year-old armistice that ended the Korean War, as it and South Korea staged dueling war games amid threatening rhetoric that has risen to the highest level since North Korea rained artillery shells on a South Korean island in 2010.
Enraged over the South’s joint military drills with the United States and recent U.N. sanctions, Pyongyang has piled threat on top of threat, including vows to launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. Seoul has responded with tough talk of its own and has placed its troops on high alert.
The North Korean government made no formal announcement Monday on its repeated threats to scrap the armistice, but the country’s main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported that the armistice was nullified Monday as Pyongyang had earlier announced it would.
The North followed through on another promise Monday, shutting down a Red Cross hotline that the North and South used for general communication and to discuss aid shipments and separated families’ reunions.”
If, in fact, this is the North Korean’s position, the “police action” (read war) can resume at any moment, and we have 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea!
All of this brings to mind a certain speech, given by a certain US President back on January 29, 2002. That President was George W. Bush and his State of the Union Address was roundly disparaged by the MSM because of a certain phrase the President used – “Axis Of Evil” – in which he described Iraq, Iran and North Korea as the three nations most likely to be involved in supporting terrorist activity against the United States.
Here’s one example of how the media know-it-alls described that speech FOUR years later.
“Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil’ Comes Back to Haunt United States”
“In Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address, a speech designed to shift the political debate from a battle against al-Qaeda to a possible confrontation with Iraq, the president mentioned North Korea, Iraq and Iran and declared: “States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. . . . In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic.”
It’s interesting to note that the most serious sanctions possible were imposed on the North Koreans (just as they were the Iranians) and the United Nations simply yawned and more or less slept through it all. Bush also had an indifferent Congress to deal with – a Congress that insisted on continued diplomatic “talks” with pre-existing conditions. Of course, those pre-existing conditions were never met and the North Koreans (and Iranians) bolted full speed ahead on their nuclear ambitions. Today, we know the results.
“Political strategists debated the domestic implications of the North Korean test with midterm elections four weeks away. Some Republicans predicted it would take the focus off the Mark Foley congressional page scandal and remind voters that it is a dangerous world best confronted by tough-minded leaders. Some Democrats argued it would be seen as another failure of Bush’s foreign policy and moved quickly to try to pin blame on the Republicans. “Is this going to help Republicans?” asked Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). “The answer to that is absolutely not. This is another significant foreign policy failure for the administration.”
President Bush was absolutely right and his words weren’t spoken to offset the Mark Foley congressional investigation and “scandal”, they were a very accurate assessment of three rogue states in this world, bent on taking down the United States through nuclear power, if necessary.
The 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent overthrow of dictator, Saddam Hussein, put Iraq on the back burner, at least temporarily, and they remain there to this day. There are some scattered skirmishes involving various factions of Iraqis, but there is no civil war going on, which was suggested in this piece written seven years ago!
We have no idea what’s going to happen now that North Korea has a very young head of state, but the fuse that lit the Korean War is once again burning and the Obama administration had better be burning the midnight oil in dealing with this news. The American people saw what happened at Benghazi, when apparently nothing was done to save the lives of at least four Americans. We certainly don’t want to see such inaction involving 28,500 American military personnel.