NK – ?Mostly Hot Air

I have been having a discussion with some jarhead friends of mine and the proposal has been put forth that NK is not economically capable of almost ANYTHING. Their economy is something between $15-25 Billion, which is about 1/5 the size of Alabama’s. Their annual fuel consumption is 15 billion barrels of oil.

This makes their annual GDP per capita something like $400 per person per year. Even assuming a pretty paltry pay system for the million man army they claim, ?where’s the money come from. ?Where do they get cash to buy enough centrifuges to actually make a nuclear warhead. They seemingly have uranium so they can mine it, so at least there’s a source for the raw materials.

But consider the military. The oil consumption of the military alone would exceed what they use in a year. ?Where do they get ammo, fuel, and all the other things a military has and does. ?Is there any real evidence that they fly their paltry jets. I don’t get the sense that there’s any regular patrols in the sky.

?So what do you guys think. ?Is this all a bluff, a move to gain attention or remain in control of the paltry nation.

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13 Responses to NK – ?Mostly Hot Air

  1. MLHMLH says:

    I don’t think that it is bluff ‘n’ puff. The workings of an ill man? Yes. To maintain control: give the people something they can be proud of (instead of food).

  2. Xennady says:

    Perhaps they are Iran’s well-funded overseas weapons lab, and the time has come such that test flights are needed for that nation’s new first strike capability.

  3. Trinity WatersTrinity Waters says:

    The consequences of doubting their capabilities incorrectly are too horrific to allow anything but a robust response. China and Iran are supporting them financially, so we may have to turn NK into asphalt.

  4. BrentB67BrentB67 says:

    I agree, they are not capable of much, but they don’t need to be capable of much. One artillery salvo across the DMZ into Seoul while lobbing their only nuke missile toward Hawaii or Guam may not seem like a big deal.

    Unless of course you live in Seoul or Kim Jon Bung gets lucky with his golden nuke.

  5. RightAnglesRightAngles says:

    That little popinjay needs a lesson and so does the rest of the world. There’s a new sheriff in town, and there will be no more bowing to him or anyone else, and no more “strategic patience.” Has the world forgotten how NK publicly dissed Clinton in so many ways, including making Warren Christopher wait in the hall for two hours when they had a scheduled meeting? These people need to be shown in a big way that the party is over.

  6. DevereauxDevereaux says:

    I may not have mentioned on this forum but I recently read that a pair of manuscripts from Akiro Kurosawa came to light recently. The first was in the vein of Rashamon and dealt with the election in 2016. He predicts Trump’s victory.

    The second is far less complete but it does speak to a holocost sweeping the Korean Peninsula and Korea being united under the auspices of South Korea, much as Germany was.

    Just thought you guys might find it interesting.

  7. AdministratorAdministrator says:

    Hot Air? Several thousand degrees. Still like the Chinese flood victims, this bothers me less than getting my wife angry. Proximity is reality.

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