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Published: Thursday, April 4 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

War is easy to start, It's imposable to end.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Let's elect Cheney so he and Haliburton can get us in another endless quagmire in North Korea. Imagine the profits he'll make on this one.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

This is all about new sanctions. Kim knows the situation is desperate. Wait until the sanctions strangle him for good. The real problem, as ever, is China. Will they have his back, or cut him off?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I'm thinking this is all posturing for internal politics by the north korean leader. However, at this level of rhetoric it's easy to make a mistake. North korean people have been told they will win and have better lives if they go to war. North korean leaders, hopefully, know they can't win because their air force is a flying scrapyard and they don't have enough fuel to drive across town, and a serious conflict will end the regime, which is what it absolutely does not want.

UT Brit
London, England

@Hutterite

"which is what it absolutely does not want"

No one wants the regime to end (apart from some of the poor souls in it), China, South Korea and the US will do whatever to keep it together. For all the drum beating going on, the collapse of North Korea would mean a flood of millions of refugees into China and South Korea. The US would have to spend billions to help the humanitarian efforts.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

One sign that no one's going to war - a public announcement that they are going to war. Even crazy leaders (which I don't think NK's are) are smart enough to know that's a loser.
Note to Brit: we've already spent billions in defending South Korea. Helping some refugees would certainly be cheaper in the long run, not to mention a morally good thing to help do.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Republicans simply can't ignore any reason to go war.
It's their party platform.

But,
Don't hold your breath.
North Korea doesn't have any oil.
So, there's nothing there for the Bush/Cheney type Republicans and WallStreet to $ cash in on.

It's really about money.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

@LDS Liberal: I agree with most of what you said, but one huge motivation for war is the profiteering repubs make off it, much like Cheney did with Haliburton in Iraq. The war industry in the US makes huge profits and I would imagine a lot of repubs are invested heavily in that particular industry.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

A war would mean the end of the communist regime, and eventually a unified Korea. China absolutely does not want this outcome, so they will do everything in their power to prevent it. They do want the North Koreans to reform their economy though, because China spends billions subsidizing them. Without Chineses subsidies north Korea would face immediate collapse.

UT Brit
London, England

@Roland Kayser

South Korea certainly does not want a unified Korea, again if the NK regime fell millions of uneducated, starving refugees would come flooding over the border to SK.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT
...one huge motivation for war is the profiteering repubs make off it, much like Cheney did with Haliburton in Iraq. The war industry in the US makes huge profits and I would imagine a lot of repubs are invested heavily in that particular industry.

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Agreed.

Think about this for a minute...

Republicans wanted a tax cut for everything BUT Defense.
Sequesture kicks in, and 20% across the board spending cuts go into effect for every Federal Agency, including the DoD.

North Korea does something stupid,
and Sequesture stay in effect for every Federal Agency EXCEPT the DoD.

The Republicans win.
America looses.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

The key is China. It is in China's interests to control the rhetoric and bellicosity of it's neighbor. So the noise will be tolerated until China says stop. The South Koreans and the United States need to understand that this is more internal posturing and be cautious that things don't escalate to the point where a mistake is made. However, it is in China's interests to intercede and help keep things from getting out of hand.

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

I love all these comments. This is one complicated situation, and without a history of it you are left in the dark. the Forgotten War, ie The Korean War fought after world war 2 was brutal. We don't want it again. Whatever you think you know about North Korea you probably dont' know much. What a crazy situation.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Compared to Saddam, this guy is Rush Limbaugh with the golden mike of threats. Why dod Bush Cheney not go after him and Bin Laden?

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