Monday, May 28, 2012

Well, It Is Only a Ceasefire

I know the Korean War is technically only on hiatus, but this kind of surprised me:

U.S. Army Gen. Neil Tolley, commander of U.S. Special Operations Forces in South Korea, told an audience in Tampa that U.S. and South Korean forces have been sent into North Korea to spy on the communist country’s vast collection of underground tunnels and military installations.

They've pinpointed 20 partially underground air fields, 180 underground ammunition factories, and thousands of buried artillery positions. Plus they monitored 4 North Korean tunnels under the DMZ.

I'm shocked we send guys in there. And more surprised that we admitted it.

But it does make it more likely that we can use counter-fire using that precise targeting data to protect Seoul from North Korean artillery dug in within range of South Korea's capital.

UPDATE: We deny sending in special forces to spy on North Korea:

"My understanding is that the general's comments were contorted, distorted, misreported, and that there is in no way any substance to the assertion. Again, it was misreported that there are U.S. boots on the ground in North Korea. That is simply incorrect," Little said.

Either we didn't send guys in there or we aren't admitting it. Neither of which is shocking.

Of course, South Koreans and CIA contracted special operators could be going on missions. Hard to say. I suppose it doesn' hurt us to have the North Koreans chasing shadows if we don't.

Not that it would be wrong to send agents north given that North Korea is happy to send agents south.