You sent the ships, but you forgot the “Heavy Cavalry” Gentlemen!

Sea-Based Missile Defense "Hit-to-Kill" Intercept Successful from U.S. Navy destroyer in the Pacific

It’s nice to know that we are taken into consideration and we our suggestions prove out to be valuable. As we had proposed in the article with the Raptors dispatched to South Korea, the US has sent a couple of ships bearing the AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System. That was a very wise move indeed, as we had suggested in our analysis:

The US may want some additional warships bearing the AEGIS system just in case the missiles “start raining”

There is however still the issue of mechanized infantry and “Heavy weapons” in general. For example some M1A2 tanks would come in handy in this situation, where so much infantry is being deployed, unfortunately not only by the DPRK.

China has been mobilizing units too, setting its readiness in the highest alert (1) and moving units along with military jets close to the North Korean border. Reportedly the process has been going on since Mid-March. As Russia Today reports:

“Chinese forces, including tanks and armored personnel carriers, have been spotted in the city of Ji’an and near the Yalu River, which splits China and North Korea. Other border regions were also reportedly being patrolled by planes.

China has also been conducting live-firing naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, scheduled to end on Monday. The move is widely viewed as open support for North Korea, which continues to show extreme opposition to the US-South Korean military drills that are to last until May.Chinese forces, including tanks and armored personnel carriers, have been spotted in the city of Ji’an and near the Yalu River, which splits China and North Korea. Other border regions were also reportedly being patrolled by planes.

China has also been conducting live-firing naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, scheduled to end on Monday. The move is widely viewed as open support for North Korea, which continues to show extreme opposition to the US-South Korean military drills that are to last until May”.

This constitutes the scenario we had been warning against over and over starting from January since Kim announced his “vision” for a Unified Korea! The situation had to be taken seriously then, now it’s not too late of course, but after the satellite launch and the nuclear test it became evident that the DPRK was pursuing this course of clash with the US. And of course, because the DPRK is China’s proxy in the region, China has been pursuing escalating tensions, both covertly-via the DPRK-and overtly via the Senkaku and the Spratly island disputes.

Of course if the “wise generals” from Washington had refrained from crying out loud that US is going to operate in the Asia Pacific in the future none of these would have happened! Those pursuits are being carried out discreetly and not through “pompous statements” regarding the relocation of US forces. With this philosophy why doesn’t the US just give out the coordinates of every military vessel it has sailing on the seven seas of the planet?

Be that as it may, the issue may be even more complicated since sooner or later there is going to be an active involvement of NATO forces in the Syrian crisis. And then, you’d probably expect to hear from us lines of “I told you soooooooos”, but that is not going to happen as we will be dug deeper in a situation close to what is predicted to be World War III. So unless someone comes out and gives an explanation why

a) The DPRK all of a sudden threatens the US

b) and then China beefs up its forces in the region

c) while NATO has unfinished business in the Middle East

we will keep on repeating our usual positions on the issue, which have nothing to do with any sort of “de-escalating” but rather further escalating.

Every day for the last couple of weeks, the US sends another military unit, allegedly in the context of the joint drills, first it was the B-52 then the B-2 then the F-22 Raptor. After that they said they would send a sea-based radar platform along with the USS John S. McCain. Actually most of the news-sites report that the X-Band Radar is already there, however Reuters reports that US officials denied having sent the radar, because they don’t know what to do with it yet. They have sent, though, another ship, the USS Decatur instead of the USS Fitzgerald initially intended to be the one which was going to be dispatched. 

Be that as it may, the AEGIS systems are designed to intercept enemy missiles and that is translated to Washington bolstering the Missile Defense Capability in the territory. We still believe that under those circumstances more Jets with bombing capabilities are needed, being multirole of course, so that the “Libyan scenario”, where the British Eurofighters were the only jets which had such capabilities (the other states deployed upgraded Eurofighters Tranche-2, but they proved out to be incapable of destroying ground targets).

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