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The cable television media are still like Hearst and the yellow journalists.
But even so they have had other things to beat to death locally in the US that were a more direct impact(no pun intended) than a possible war over on the Korean Peninsula.
Still gotta talk about the oil spill, still gotta talk about the election on Tuesday, still gotta talk about Obama and Calderon and the state dinner and speeches, still have to talk about Wall St. and legislation against them etc.
It got mentioned in quick bytes and on the news crawls but unless something major happens to farther tensions it isn't going to bump those "stories" off the shows.
You make a good point. I get most of my news from the Boston Globe and the internet, and the written word is far more efficient than the spoken word. I've read that one reads at least 3 times as fast as one hears, so that means a half hour of reading the news is the equivalent of 1.5 hours of commercial free tv news. Given that, it's no wonder that cable tv (or network tv) fails to do a good job covering this story.
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Gates says we're not as stretched as it seems,he'll just employ the Navy and Air Force
Gates, however, rejected any suggestion that the United States was not in a position to respond militarily to North Korean aggression because it is stretched thin by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"If there were a problem in Korea, our main arms would be the Navy and the Air Force and those are not stretched in the same way that the ground forces are," Gates told reporters at the Pentagon, adding the U.S. was consulting with Seoul.
Tell the families of the MPs, engineers, medics, transportation, supply, and maintenance personnel who were KILLED IN ACTION and WOUNDED IN ACTION that their time over there is meaningless because some guy with a grudge says that they weren't combat troops.
Because they weren't COMBAT TROOPS their deployments don't matter therefore don't fit your argument? THEY SENT TROOPS. They sent support personnel, the same personnel who for the past seven years have been under fire and bombed alongside combat personnel. But what the hell does that matter, they don't count there because they aren't combat
You wanted an example of when they helped the US you got one. Don't like it, too f-ing bad.
You have a problem with the treaty of mutual defense, that is fine and dandy but who the hell are you to claim that they haven't held up their end of it by supporting the US when they have done so multiple times in the last 45 years.
Oh, grow the fu(k up, fakrissakes! Tha DRAMA!
You want credit for giving and example, fine, you got it...but it was a half-asst lame example like I said.
How many men did we send to fight, die and get mutilated in the Korean War? Mutual defense is what it says. I do something for you and you do something for me. Their response in Viet Nam was significant and they fought valiantly, so thanks for that. We can argue all we want about the legitimacy of the war but that has nothing to do with the response of the ROK contribution.
My point was that the knee-jerk reaction to most of the posters on this thread seemed thoughtless to me. Who among those posters advocating for US retaliation was ready to strap into a jet or grab a gun and go over there to carry out the charge? I'm betting very few if any. I'm sick of hearing how we have to send our kids into foreign entanglements to get shot down or up because we have a piece of paper that says we should. Israel, Korea, Germany, Japan...the only place we need to be defending is the home continent or even the home hemisphere.
Our troops on the DMZ are dead the second anything happens there. Why don't you tell their families how honorable their sons' deaths were because you want to retaliate for 80 dead Korean seamen.
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I don't think he's a dove...but maybe a socialist. and socialist are almost as bad as doves....
Socialism doesn't really apply as a foreign policy paradigm. Moreover, since you insist on using such a loose (and hence, useless) definition of socialism, Obama is no more a socialist than any other Democratic president (and many erstwhile and now extinct moderate Republicans).
Then again, if this is your prescription for North Korea:
Originally Posted by PatriotsReign
Man, I'd LOVE to see some drones deliver a couple of key missle strikes in that backwoods eff'd up country!
Kill the midget dictator!
...I'm not sure how seriously I should take your protestations re: Obama's allegedly socialist beliefs.
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