let’s get back to why I started this thread…if the US is marching towards a conventional war in North Korea then there would be a resultant surge sealift but how big and for how long?
so say the US starts with massive airstrikes against every North Korean military asset. We get their air assets first including their missiles. The USAF has ammo stockpiles in South Korea and in several vessels in the prepo fleets at Guam and Diego Garcia, but how long can we keep up pressure from the air before more ammo is needed from the CONUS? Also, airstrikes alone still leaves a huge land army intact on the north of the DMZ. The US would still need to move a good many divisions into the theater to strengthen the border. We are still speaking of a minimum two months to get those first divisions into Pusan and deployed north. The US doesn’t have that many RRF ships on the west coast so that means loading on the east coast then transitting the Panama Canal then the long haul across the Pacific. Such long distances mean the ships cannot turn around so fast so more ships would be needed thus more mariners to man them.
Like I said before…it would be a bigger show than even 1990.
then there are the imponderables…if we destroy the North Korean air force and then bottle their army north of the DMZ what will that miserable PHAT PUNK do then? Negotiate for peace hopefully leaving him in power? Lashing out with the nukes? God help each and everyone of us then when nukes are used because every single bet is off and we enter a new world no one of the planet has ever lived in.
I think he would not use the nukes nor sue for peace which leaves us in a terrible position. do we allow him and his cabal to continue to exist or do we force regime change which ain’t so easy unless you take the capital Pyongyang and install new leadership. That one is where is gets messy