It was a lot of fun Saturday night to spend the evening with Josh Carter and The Resistance Podcast, talking about my beliefs about deterrence and the role of the United States in world affairs.
Some fair warning, this is an adult podcast, and I am a sailor, so there is some language. Also Josh got me fired up about some issues with Congress and I launched. So if you get offended by language or criticism of my Congressman, you might want to avoid this bonus presentation.
So here is Josh Carter and I talking about whether o not the US is a bully or building an Empire or just doing what we should be doing….
Warning: This podcast contains the word “penis.” This is a reference to a previous podcast and news story as to why the North Koreans feel so… inadequate and need to over compensate. If the word “penis” offends you, you should probably skip this show… – Producer Henri
The Dear Leader keeps upping the rhetoric, but very little seems to be actually happening, at least in the nuclear testing realm. Missile launches continue to fail, miserably, and while there is much speculation about it, there is no direct evidence that somehow or another the US – or somebody – has managed to hack the launch systems and screw up the works.
Given all the rhetoric and confusion, should the civilian world – and especially Seattle – be concerned? At all? Clearly the Seattle Times is. A little.
Let us play the age old game and scenario rosily some of the things that might happen, or even could already be happening…
Second test of the PDRK ICBM fails
Ohio Class SSGN (ignore the video, it’s FUBAR) official Information from the US Navy
Second Missile Test of Minuteman III from Vandenberg AFB to take place May 03, 2017
Kim Jong-Un promises to sink USS Michigan
USS Carl Vinson Task Force stocks up on ammo and supplies
USS Shiloh CG-67 configured in an ABM role. Shiloh is currently home ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in PyongYang film at IMDB. Pretty interesting watch…
On the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle raid, Dave got to visit the USS Hornet Museum. It honors the brave men who flew that daring raid as well as the generations of sailors who served in her after WWII and even today aboard ships with other names, but doing the same job of keeping the peace.
That idea of deterrence and peace through strength is the real reason, despite the apparent confusion of Trump’s Armada, that North Korea and Kim Jong-tun (get it?) decided to not test their atomic weapons last week.
Deterrence works because there is a credible and real threat of retaliation. Ships like USS Hornet and USS Carl Vinson along with their myriad of escorts and support ships provide that deterrent today.