Ricky...you just don't know that much about the Civil War. Period. You cannot read one 1 page article articles and think you know anything about it...
Fine. I've read all of Catton and Foote and Shaara and Sears and lots more. As I recall, they are sympathetic to Longstreets postion and say Lee should have listened to him and avoided the battle.
But I'll concede to your self professed expertise. So find me a historian who thinks the Gettysburg battle site was advantageous to the Confederates, or that it was even a good idea to engage
Clearly, you have decided that the risks associated with taking any economic or military action to stop the NK from getting an ICBM are not worth the risks, so with that mindset why would NK bother to negotiate?
Because negotiation is a recognition by the world that they matter? I don't know specifically but I'm sure North Korea would be interested in some concessions from the South and the US...
The alternative is what? Millions dying on the Korean peninsula?
Here's insight from someone expert on the matter...
http://time.com/4844829/north-korea-mis ... gotiation/
.“Self-reliance is always a core part of North Korea ideology, and Kim Jong Un uses that language as well,” says John Delury, an East Asia expert at South Korea's Yonsei University. “To some extent it’s psychological, as Kim Jong Un wants to feel safe and secure.”
Delury is optimistic, regarding the successful ICBM test launch as “a pivot point” from Kim's perspective.“They have a new level of security they feel with the deterrence capability,” he says, “so they may be willing to negotiate certain compromises
Your claim that North Korea has had the ability to hit the US with an EMP appears to be based on an unsupported claim by a Chinese commentator in 2013 that North Korea had EMP weapons. That claim also did not indicate they could hit the continental US.
The concern about EMP appears to be overblown and coming from right-wing sources.
I've never heard of your Chinese commentator. Why do you make so many assumptions?
The clam came from an "expert" on GPS (Zakkaria) last week and is based on reports fromhttp://www.empcommission.org/
This is an official US government organization....
The notion is that an EMP attack could occur from North Korean satellites... It seems like a far fetched idea, until one reads the testimony from the emp commission to congress.
Besides EMP attacks, Kim has also had the third largest army in the world for years. And yet he hasn't unleashed it on the South. Why not?
He is deterred from doing so, because the war he would unleash would end him.
Clearly, you have decided that the risks associated with taking any economic or military action to stop the NK from getting an ICBM are not worth the risks,
This is true. We've lived with nuclear weapons in the hands of many countries for many decades now.... None have ever used them because of the probable repercussions.
I don't think this equation changes fundamentally with Kim.
The risks to "acting" rather than negotiating are primarily born by the South Koreans. They want to negotiate.
The idea that we should do nothing because they already have the ability to attack the US is absurd.
I haven't said do nothing. I've said, negotiate. And employ sanctions ..... and continue to negotiate with China on cooperating on sanctions. They did with Iran.
Please note: Military action wasn't taken on any other nation that managed to arm themselves with nukes. The absence of military action hasn't seen any of them use their weapons...
Suppose NK launches a nuke and hits Alaska tomorrow. Was it still a success?
If a nuke hit Alaska North Korea would be eradicated.... and South Korea would lose millions of lives in the ensuing conflict.
Suppose they don't launch the nuke.
North Korea will still exist and South Korea will continue as a major advanced nation with a thriving economy.
The US has counted on the notion of assured destruction to deter the use of nuclear weapons by Russia and China for decades now. Successfully. It will work with North Korea too.
And yes, avoiding a nuclear war, or a massively destructive war of any kind, is success.