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Rumsfeld says the U S can fight and win two wars simultaneously:  unless  China enters the war in North Korea

There can be no one as ignorant and stupid as Donald Rumsfeld.  The United States is getting ready to start a unprovoked pre-emptive war in Iraq over ghost weapons of mass destruction while North Korea dismantles the monitoring devices on known nuclear plants where they have the capability of manufacturing weapons grade plutonium.

The whole Middle East is going to erupt into chaos which can never be controlled by the United States acting virtually alone.  And now Rumsfeld states that we can fight a war in Korea and win.  Did he read his history books about how the Chinese crossed the Yalu river and kicked MacArthur's butt all over Korea?

Does Rumsfeld think that the United States operates in a vacuum?  The Chinese are not going to allow the United States to take over in North Korea.  The Chinese have a real army and real military hardware that can rival the United States military might.  

Consider the following:

YALU RIVER: China Enters the Korean War, 1950
The Red Army Resists America

At noon on Oct. 4, 1950, I was told to leave for Beijing without the slightest delay. The Party Central Committee was holding a meeting to discuss the dispatch of troops to aid Korea. The United States occupation of Korea, separated from China by only a river, would threaten northeast China. The tiger wanted to eat human beings; when it would do so would depend on its appetite. After listening to other comrades, I said, "It is necessary to dispatch troops to aid Korea... The U.S. will find a pretext at any time to invade China if its troops are poised on the bank of the Yalu River."

At dusk on Oct. 18, I crossed the Yalu River with vanguard units of the Chinese People's Volunteers. On the morning of Oct. 21, a division of our 40th Army encountered [South Korean President] Syngman Rhee's puppet troops. Our troops displayed characteristic flexibility and mobility and wiped out some Syngman Rhee units, forcing the pursuing U.S. and puppet troops to retreat.

In mid-November, Douglas MacArthur, commander-in-chief of the "United Nations Forces," came over on a reconnaissance flight. His attack came around Nov. 20. Our main force swept into the enemy ranks with the strength of an avalanche and engaged the enemy at close quarters with grenades and bayonets. The superior firepower of the enemy became useless. The enemy troops fled south in panic, abandoning Pyongyang and falling back on the 38th parallel. This campaign laid the foundation of victory in the War to Resist U.S. Aggression.

The last battle in which our forces stormed enemy defenses took place in late July 1953. This victory forced Mark W. Clark, commander-in-chief of the enemy's Allied Forces, to request the armistice agreement be signed without delay. Fighting together for three years, the Chinese People's Volunteers and the Korean people and Korean People's Army built up a militant friendship sealed in blood.

Long March veteran Peng Dehuai (1898-1974) commanded the Chinese soldiers who fought with North Korea against U.N. and South Korean forces. This is excerpted with permission from Memoirs of a Chinese Marshal

John WorldPeace
December 24,  2002

Rumsfeld: U.S. Able to Win Two Wars

Jim Wolf, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Dec. 23) - Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld warned North Korea on Monday against seizing on Iraq to press a nuclear weapons program and said Washington could fight and win two wars at once.

''I have no reason to believe that you're correct that North Korea feels emboldened because of the world's interest in Iraq,'' he told a reporter after Pyongyang took steps over the weekend to unfreeze a nuclear reactor.

''If they do, it would be a mistake,'' he added at a Pentagon briefing, saying the U.S. military was perfectly capable of fighting two major regional conflicts at once, if necessary.

''We are capable of winning decisively in one and swiftly defeating in the case of the other,'' he said. ''Let there be no doubt about it.''

North Korea said on Sunday it had dismantled U.N. monitoring equipment at a nuclear reactor it had mothballed under a 1994 non-proliferation deal with the United States aimed at ending its suspected nuclear weapons program.

Pyongyang said it was reactivating the Yongbyon reactor to generate electricity. But the International Atomic Energy Agency, a U.N. watchdog, said the North also had broken U.N. seals on about 8,000 spent fuel rods in a cooling pond at Yongbyon -- a possible prelude to recovering weapons-grade plutonium.

The Clinton administration had been prepared to go to war in 1994 to bar the reclusive communist state from extracting plutonium that could be used to build as many as five or six nuclear bombs in as little as four or five months.

Asked if President Bush's administration would stick to such a policy, known as the ''red line'' beyond which Washington would brook no North Korean brinksmanship, Rumsfeld said, ''The situation today is somewhat different from then.''

Secretary of State Colin Powell consulted France, Russia and Britain on Monday and said the United States wanted a peaceful resolution, said State Department spokesman Philip Reeker.

''We will not give in to blackmail,'' he said. ''And we're not going to bargain or offer inducements for North Korea to live up to the treaties and agreements that it has signed.''


Rumsfeld said diplomacy ''seems to me a perfectly rational way of proceeding,'' drawing a distinction with Iraq, where he said many years of diplomacy had fallen ''flat on its face.''

''The situation in North Korea is a fairly recent one,'' he went on. ''The diplomacy that's under way there is in its early stages with the United States and the interested neighboring countries.''

In Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov accused Bush on Monday of having goaded North Korea by branding it an ''axis of evil'' state along with Iraq and Iran. Bush did so in his State of the Union address in January.

''How should a small country feel when it is told that it is all but part of forces of evil of biblical proportions and should be fought against until total annihilation?'' Mamedov told the Vremya Novostei daily newspaper.

The State Department dismissed his comments as absurd, noting they contrasted with the official Foreign Ministry reaction.

North Korea said it was unfreezing Yongbyon after the United States and other countries halted fuel supplies to sanction a once-secret highly enriched uranium program acknowledged by Pyongyang in October.

Rumsfeld said the country had no need for the reactor, which was at the heart of a crisis defused by an oil-for-nuclear compliance deal known as the 1994 Agreed Framework.

''They don't need a nuclear power plant,'' he said. ''Their power grid couldn't even absorb that.''

Analysts said Pyongyang appeared intent on leveraging U.S. preoccupation with Iraq to press its demand for a nonaggression pact and an end to what it views as a U.S.-led economic isolation campaign.

''The North Koreans probably have concluded that they have some flexibility now in committing provocative acts without a high risk of U.S. retaliation,'' said Larry Niksch of the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.

Nicholas Eberstadt, a North Korea expert at the American Enterprise Institute, a policy research group, said Pyongyang may have concluded that a victory in Iraq would boost U.S. clout with reluctant partners, adding to its isolation.

Peter Brookes, the Pentagon's former chief policymaker on the North, told Reuters Pyongyang was involved in a ''very dangerous game of brinksmanship, extortion and opportunism.'' 

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