The start of the Korean War took place on June 25, 1950, when North Korea invaded the south. The United Nations and the United States came to the aid of South Korea while the Soviet and eventually China went to the assistance of North Korea. The fighting ended on 27 July 1953, when an armistice was signed. The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea and allowed the return of prisoners. However, no peace treaty was signed, and according to some sources, the two Koreas are technically still at war.
If we are going to protect our national interest and support our partners in the region, I believe we can respond to North Korea without Congress having to issue a new declaration of War. I know that some on the left will disagree, but for this commentary, I’m going to assume that President Trump does not need an act of war unless North Korea launches missiles attacking American soil.
Some are saying that the only way to defeat Kim is a ground offensive using perhaps hundreds of thousands of coalition forces on the ground. I respectfully disagree with this premise. As I see it, we have four primary targets that can be attacked at the same time using our existing hardware from the navy and the air force.
The targets are:
Artillery on the border with South Korea
I will take each target and describe what equipment could be used to effect the eradication of North Korea military capabilities. Recent reports rank the current army strength of North Korea at 950,000. I believe that what follows in this commentary will significantly impact the moral of both the North Korean military and the people themselves.
The B2 Bombers missiles can fire and be redirected to higher value targets very quickly. If a North Korean missile is fired, the B2 missile can be redirected to take them down. An over flight of B1 and B2 bombers could rain down a force that has never been seen before. By taking out the missiles, we can eliminate the nuclear weapons capacity of North Korea.
These are stationary targets and may be deep underground and will have anti-aircraft weapons for defense. The F-14 and F-15 are some of the fastest fighters in the world and could be very effective against land-based batteries and the North Korean aircraft. The new conventional bomb technology can deliver massive destructive firepower. We have bunker buster bombs that can destroy everything as far down as 200 feet; we can use fighter aircraft to attack these defensive institutions.
Artillery on the border with South Korea
North Korea has over 13,000 artillery pieces on the border aimed at Seoul. Here I would use the shipped based tomahawk missiles and carrier-based fighters to systematically strafe and bomb the canon installations. This firepower will create havoc on the ground and blow up the cannons and ammunition; the explosions will also demoralize the North Korean army on the edge of the demilitarized zone.
The electrical power comes from three sources, Coal, Hydro and nuclear. The level of the capacity from all sources is currently insufficient to meet the power needs of the country. Parts of North Korea are under rolling power outages all, which is unsettling to the people. By using a tomahawk, B1, B2 bombers, and fighters, we can eliminate two-thirds of their electrical generation. The nuclear power plants should be off limits doing to the significant risk of meltdowns and explosions that would spread radiation.
Some people reading this commentary may be concerned that I’m giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Information on all of the hardware that I have written about here is available on the Internet. How it should these weapons should be used are my idea. I’m not providing any advice to any agency of the Federal government although they can feel free to use my ideas.
I have great concern about the loss of American lives. I’m not so naïve not to believe that some aircraft will be shot down, and pilots lost. What I have tried to do in this story is to show my readers that there are alternatives to protect us, our allies without significant loss of life.
American leadership has kicked the can of dealing with the problem of North Korea down the road for several decades. It’s time to make the world a safe place for all people not just Americans.