Discuss current and near-future events and consequences of actions in the Korean Peninsula.
Kind of surprised not to see this thread already. Mike Pence did the rounds of regional capitals while two US carrier groups began their journey to the Korean Peninsula. We've deployed THAAD systems facing North Korea in South Korea, and Japan has issued its first post-WWII statement on what civilians should do in case of an attack. (Given that they will have less than 10 minutes warning, I suspect the real answer is soil themselves and try to find a basement...). Oh, and a US guided missile sub with about 150 Tomahawks is in the area as well. (I know we used to fire Tomahawks all the time, but now that they are no longer manufactured, this is a serious commitment, not something to be done lightly... Except in Syria, I guess, but then consistency is no longer a virtue in our leadership...). Oh, and some news sources are reporting Russian troop movements towards the North Korean border, for some reason.
So what's going on? Trump badly needs a lift, and while he claims he wants talks, he's setting the board very aggressively. A miscalculation here - one Fox anchor misreading a bulletin about a North Korean action - could kill tens of thousands of people, or more. Are we going hot, or not?
Should either diplomacy or a continuation of the war develop, this will be a place to discuss events and speculate on consequences