Thanks for your comment Dave, but I strongly disagree on all counts.

First of all, the fact that you suggest we should have launched a first strike to massacre millions of North Koreans during the Singapore summit destroys any credibility you might have. Needless to say, that is genocide. (Practically speaking, your plan is also absurd….do you really think the DPRK leaves no one at the button when Kim is away? We are in “Strangelove” territory here.)

We can be done with you now, but for the sake of education, we’ll proceed.

Are you an experienced soldier? I am. It’s ridiculous to suggest that the US military (or any nation’s) does not need to conduct training exercises….and when planning operations with an ally, the need to practice interoperability is even more critical.

One might argue that the purpose of US Forces Korea — who are wildly outnumbered by the DPRK forces — is to be nothing more than a tripwire should Pyongyang come across the border, and therefore they don’t need to train. But in that case, why have US soldiers stationed there at all? Wouldn’t the garrisoning of a bunch of US schoolchildren be an even more effective (and less expensive) guarantee of massive US retaliation?

Lastly, your comparison b/w training exercises and Trump’s parade is laughable. One has practical utility; the other is a pointless, ego-driven dog-and-pony show in honor of a draft dodger. But your comments about “illegal immigrants” betray what I suspect is your affinity for a dangerous, criminal buffoon like Donald who toys with the idea of thermonuclear war full stop, bringing us full circle.

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