U.S. aircraft carrier headed to Korea
Top news: U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak have agreed to stage joint naval exercises as a first response to North Korea’s shelling of a South Korean military installation today. The exercises will include the U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington.
The U.S. faces few attractive options in responding to North Korea‘s latest aggression. It’s clear from recent revelations of the progress North Korea’s nuclear program that sanctions have not been fully effective. But more aggressive responses, such as a naval quarantine, would require thousands of troops and could result in a new war with Seoul on the front lines.
North Korea has blamed the South for pushing the peninsula to the “brink of war” though satellite images show no major military buildup.