I am pleased to see that POTUS and WH team seem to be handling this so-called crisis better than expected. They have made public statements re-affirming the alliance between USG and SK without going into the macabre and unnecessary details of war contingency plans or single strike missiles from silos etc.
I see that ROK soldiers are setting up roadblocks and more check points at the DMZ, so far so good business as usual. On the SK side, people are mostly happy and some are slightly amused by the childish blabber of the swiss boarding school reject, Kim Jong Un. The media really must stop this NUCLEAR THREAT FEAR nonsense, where are these reporters?? I don't see them and as you know I have been here almost a week. I want to know what they are seeing that is so different, so scary.
I have talked to some pretty impressive SK tech experts, they claim they have penetrated NK in a big way. This is cyber warfare now. This is not about guns, bombs or other weapons that we like to sell for big profits….that's for the last century. Our military should get there collective butts into the information age and fast.
On another note, American business leaders should keep their mouths shut when tensions are high like they are in this region of the world. For example, Dan Akerson of General Motors, was reported to have started making contingency plans for manufacturing in South Korea, this kind of talk gets a lot of people riled up over here. Memo to CEO Akerson: keep quiet, make all the contingency plans you want but shut up! Statecraft should be happening here and we don't need your public statements adding fuel to the fire, intended or not, just shut up! This talk from Akerson makes a lot of people agitated and angry including members of USG SOF. I heard the whole download from our military personnel who are busting their butt here trying to keep the peace in Korea and this (ex Navy should know better) guy Akerson talking about leaving, stirring it up. Same goes for American-Korean business consultant Tom Coyner- who is quoted making statements that support companies leaving Korea….public statements, media quotes like this make the situation worse. Our expert, quiet diplomats are working effectively to avoid a crisis but our media keeps sensationalizing the threats, the fears, the terror….c'mon, knock it off.