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Five unmistakable signs that war with North Korea is imminent

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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
8/9/2017 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Are we on the brink of war? Not yet, but we are coming closer.

With the war of words escalating between Kim Jong Un and President Trump, there is concern that war with North Korea is imminent. However, a war requires vast quantities of soldiers and material, and both sides would be forced to build up. Here are the signs to watch for to tell if war is imminent.

A B-2 Spirit bomber takers off from Guam. One of the unmistakable signs that conflict is imminent will be the mass departure of these bombers from their home base in Missouri.

A B-2 Spirit bomber takers off from Guam. One of the unmistakable signs that conflict is imminent will be the mass departure of these bombers from their home base in Missouri.

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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
8/9/2017 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: North Korea, war, nuclear, signs, build up


LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- Is war with North Korea imminent? The answer is a clear no. Neither side is ready for such a conflict, and North Korea knows that any war with the U.S. and its allies is a losing proposition. Neither side stands to gain anything of value from a war. But should the President decide that war is the only viable solution, there will be clear and unmistakable warning signs as the military prepares.

The first step will be the evacuation of Americans out of harm's way. Families and non-essential personnel will be encouraged or compelled to evacuate from South Korea, and possibly Japan. These evacuations would be portrayed as a precautionary measure in the media, but they would be a clear sign of what is to come.


The next sign would be among the most obvious, and it would impact most families in America who have members in the service. Reserves will be called up and made ready. Any war with North Korea will involve a conflict on land. The North has between one and six million personnel available for service, so the Allies will need as many troops on the ground as possible to counter the threat. There could be little time to get troops into the region once shooting starts, so the U.S. will need to have troops ready for deployment well in advance. This means in uniform, armed and ready to board planes for travel to the peninsula.

At sea, the Navy will need at least three aircraft carrier battlegroups within range of North Korea. While the job of suppressing North Korea's airpower could be done by one or two carriers, a third battlegroup guarantees success by providing the overwhelming firepower the Allies need. It will also ensure around-the-clock coverage of the North's airspace, which is essential if we are concerned the North could launch medium-range missiles.

Across the Pacific, U.S. military assets will gather. This will be especially true for bombers, tanker aircraft, and aircraft that provide command and control capabilities.

Just hours before a strike, B-2 bombers from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, will take off and begin the long flight halfway around the world. This was the final indicator of an attack during both Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

So far, only one of these signs has been observed. The Air Force has moved several B1B Lancer bombers to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. However, taken alone this is just saber rattling, and not a sign of imminent conflict.

All parties seem to want a diplomatic solution. North Korea wants to feel safe from regime change and it wants to end cooperation between South Korea and the United States. The United States simply wants to remain safe, as do its allies. Unfortunately, despite the preference for peace, conflict is an easy choice. Let's pray it doesn't happen.


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