As Korean investigators have proven, and as the Defense Minister of South Korea has stated to the South Korean parliament, the ROK Navy ship which sank last month was deliberately sunk by the North Koreans with torpedoes.
The UK Daily Telegraph says that:
“A South Korean warship was destroyed by an elite North Korean suicide squad of ‘human torpedoes’ on the express orders of the regime’s leader, Kim Jong-il, according to military intelligence reports.
The attack on the 1,220-ton Cheonan, which sank on March 26 with the loss of 46 of its 104 crew, was carried out in retaliation for a skirmish between warships of the two nations’ navies in November of last year, South Korea claims.
The South Korean government has refused to comment officially on the reports but Defence Minister Kim Tae Young told a parliamentary session that the military believed that the sinking was a deliberate act by North Korea.
Officials in military intelligence say they warned the government earlier this year that North Korea was preparing a suicide-squad submarine attack on a South Korean ship.
“Military intelligence made the report to the Blue House [the presidential office] and to the Defence Ministry immediately after the sinking of the Cheonan that it was clearly the work of North Korea’s military,” a military source said.
“North Korean submarines are all armed with heavy torpedoes with 200kg warheads,” the source said.”
This fact and this statement by the SK Defense Minister have refuted the myths that America is not going to wage any new conventional wars, that America is not facing any conventional threats, that the conventional threats to the US are “nonexistent” or “diminishing”, that such threats have been “conjured up”, and that conventional weapons and conventional weapon programs are not needed.
The fact that this ship was sunk by the North Korean military, and the relevant statement by the SK Defense Minister, also utterly discredited the people who propagate the forementioned myths, including Carl Levin, John McCain, Lawrence Korb, Michael Gerson, Fareed Zakaria, Rick Moran, Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Ted Galen Carpenter. No intelligent person would ever take any of the above-mentioned people seriously, and if these guys don’t know that, they’re idiots.