Posted 10 March 2013 - 12:46 AM
The Phillipines battles were originally to push the Spaniards out. Once it became obvious that the Americans planned to annex the islands, then the Filipinos and Americans turned to battle. General Elwell Otis mistakenly believed the insurgency was close to being defeated (kinda like Cheney and his "last throes" comment.)
The fighting stopped because of political progress, not the military defeat of one side.
In Korea, again, western warfare concentrates on conquering and holding land. The US could have occupied the entire peninsula, but would not have "won" any more than it "won" by occupying all of Iraq.
Posted 10 March 2013 - 11:56 AM
The diplomatic progress you refer to in the philippine war happened in large part due to success on the battlefield, and unfortunately use of some tactics that were rather brutal in nature.
As far as Korea, had the chinese not become involved, and we occupied entire peninsula, we would have done the same thing we did in South Korea, hand power over to an elected government and all of the peninsula would likely look as South Korea does today. And under the circumstances we were fighting, that would have been a win and for that matter the best outcome for all concerned parties, especially the North Koreans.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:00 PM
Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:11 PM
They are going through a famine now with all the sanctions...widespread reports about cannibalisim and murdering one's children for meat. Even to the point that SK want to assist in a humanitarian effort.
And you thought that eating dog was crazy.
I lived in SK when I was 5-6 as my dad was stationed there. We lived in some giant mansion with a steel gated door, intercom and had a live in maid.
You are well aware of and at all times as there used to be daily bomb drills where you have to inside and off the streets so a mall would look like a flash mob just walked in. You hear the second siren for the all clear and can resume your day.
Also there was a 10 or 11 pm lights out manditate in the city. Aside from a small light you had to shut off all lights or get fines.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:06 PM
this is close to a tipping point.
Not really. Don't get me wrong, they definitely need to be watched, but the tipping points generally come with things that don't make CNN headlines. For example, if they started loading up their tanks and support vehicles and moving them closer to the border with South Korea, that might be a tipping point. Or if they start fueling multiple rockets and preparing them for launch. Or if they start evacuating key personnel out of their major cities. The verbal diarrhea they continually spout is interesting and bears watching, but its not necessarily a precursor to something more sinister happening.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:08 PM
They fired a few short range missiles today into the ocean.
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