I'll get back to you on this in depth later, if you like. For now, just a few "instant reaction" comments.
First and foremost, there is still no proof that NK actually HAS nukes (though I'm sure that if not, Kim's* doing his best to get them and on, from his point of view, entirely reasonable grounds, too - after all, Iraq, that didn't have them, got invaded; Iran, which might or might not have them, is being tip-toe-ep around).
Secondly, I wouldn't bet on it being a short war, unless you assume your leaders are willing to nuke all of NK - with certain leakages to SK, Japan and, even more than to Japan, China - neither of which would take kindly to the proposal and even less kindly to its execution.
Now on purely range issues for NK missiles, it might be a consolation to you to know that by now, Honolulu quite likely won't be the only city nuked - California has recently come within range as well. So, SF and LA would certainly be scheduled to join you. In fact, given Kim's mind set, LA as first target and SF as second, both being mainland USA, would far outrank Honolulu on his priorty list.
On a historical note, you obviously need to read up on history: Yes, Japan did attack Pearl Harbour - an undertaking that their most senior fleet admiral, Yamamoto Isoroku, disapproved off - but that was only after the USA, much in the same vein they are still behaving now - declined to re-sign the Pacific Fleet treaty that granted parity to the forces of the USA, the UK and Japan AND announced it's plan to develope a force EQUAL OR SUPERIOR to any two other Pacific fleets and then put an embargo, particularly of energy sources, on Japan because they refused to sign over absolute military supremacy on the Pacific to the USA.
To get back to Kim, personally, I consider him much less a threat to world peace than your own "we need more effective nukes" (such as bunker busters etc) "war time commader" - and in any case, if Kim becomes a problem, he's a US made one: under Clinton, who offered reasonable assurances of communication, energy supply and non interference, Kim was a pussy cat. It was being called part of the "Axis of Evil" by a certain you ought to know who that rekindled his "nucular" aspirations.
With Love from Tokyo - just so you won't feel so lonely on the target list. Though funnily, people here are far less worried than the physically if not neccesarily politically left edge of the USA . . .
*Addendum: To me, it's still much of an open question who is the greater lunatic: one who tries to get what he, with reason, might think of the only likely deterrent to invasion or someone who attacks another country on what, in the end, amounts to a whim: ideological reasons without foundation in reality, and without even following the forms of conflict, such as offically declaring war and giving the oppoent a chance to surrender.
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Saite yuku, Higansakura ya, Chi no shizuku; Shiroi suhada ni, Makana hanataba . . .
Last edited by Panthere Noir; 03-09-2006 at 05:06 AM..