Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Honestly, the SK’s have had our money, training, and hardware for 60 years. Their stuff is as close to parity with ours as our government allows to be sold to our allies-who-could-someday-become-enemies.
They can take the North themselves.
North Korea has no outside support, no modern technology, and nothing newer than 1970s tech. They have rockets that can’t make it past the peninsula, nukes but no warheads, and while they have the largest standing army in the world, numbers have never meant anything in war.
The South can take the North themselves.
And I would greatly prefer the US not to pay to rebuild the North once reunification happens. We already paid to build Japan and South Korea, seeing nothing from that in physical gains. Let Korea fix Korea. After the war finishes, let the Koreans pay to rebuild their nation. Does two things: takes Korea off the world stage for at least 30 years, as their entire economy would be tailored domestically, and with Seoul the primary/only target in the war, Samsung-Jeong would certainly be leveled. Goodbye, Samsung! I still prefer the Norks attack at 3AM when there’s no one in the buildings.
Come on, Kimmy! Go completely insane over that parody movie and finish the war! You know you want to!
lets just talk about apple and samsung here. especially because you are wrong on nearly every point.
Korea has paid back loans faster than most nations, especially the IMF bailout (3 years early). The U.S. chooses to offset the price of aiding the SK military by selling military hardware and having free untaxed bases here in Itaewon (Yongsan) and Busan (other places, too). SK spends over $1 billion every year on U.S. military goodies. http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2012/05/11/south-koreas-military-shopping-list-is-long/
NK receives tonnes of money from China, U.S. and SK. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/140325/s-korea-urges-north-repay-loans, http://www.cfr.org/china/china-north-korea-relationship/p11097, http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R40095.pdf. they also have cellphones, computers, cameras and televisions that are from the 2000's and up. They do have some old military tech, but China is not about to just send down everything they have as even China knows NK is volatile.
And as SK went from rags to riches in less than 50 years (3rd world nation to a 1st world donor nation), do not expect them to go anywhere anytime soon. The world took a hit in the last recession, over here it was a minor blip lasting about a month. SK will rebuild NK when the unification happens, Japan will not help, China will not help. The U.S. might- but more than likely only in the form of contractors ripping off the American people like they did in Iraq.
And Itaewon is in Seoul. If North Korea attacks- U.S. will go to war. The U.S. will not let their troops be attacked and not respond.
Edited by revenant - 7/16/14 at 11:31pm