> >>>> Alternatively can air power and drones destroy the North Korean
> >>>> regime?
> >>> IIRC no. You need boots on the ground to take and hold territory.
> >>> Or at least thats the conventional opinion.
> >>> You can make life difficult with air resources but some things you
> >>> need the Grunt 11B to go in and kill those who badly need it.
> >>> North Korea could lash out and do a large amount of localised
> >>> damage then their bolt is shot and its all over.
> >> I doubt that Obama has the political authority to do that.
> >I will turn that one around, does Obama have the political authority not
> >to if following a North Korean attack the House of Representatives wants
> I would say he has the capacity to avoid a popular war.
> Remember he will never again have to fight an election.
> Accusations of cowardice have no meaning for him and he can just say
> "It's only politics".
> Getting into an 'unpopular war' is another problem.