Op-Ed: In late February TEK reported that the USA had plans to reduce the snake population on the island of Guam. We wrote, "Around 60 years ago the US unwittingly introduced brown tree snakes to the tiny island of Guam. The snakes hitched rides as stowaways on US Navy vessels after World War Two. Since then the reptiles have established a thriving community and caused misery to locals. Now that there are fears the snakes could end up on US military planes leaving Guam for Hawaii, then cause serious damage there, the US is set to act".
A plan to drop poisoned mice was unveiled and scheduled for April or May. Once again we are reminded of the "best laid plans of mice and men", unless the mice drop had been decided on with the escalating North Korean "situation" in mind.
Wednesday the BBC reports that, "The US is moving an advanced missile system to the Pacific island of Guam as a precaution following threats by North Korea, the Pentagon has said. The Department of Defence said it would deploy the ballistic Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (Thaad) in the coming weeks.
The Thaad system includes a truck-mounted launcher, interceptor missiles, and AN/TPY-2 tracking radar, together with an integrated fire control system. 'Real and clear danger' The Pentagon said in a statement the missile system would be moved to Guam as a "precautionary move to strengthen our regional defence posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat".
"The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and stands ready to defend US territory, our allies, and our national interests," the statement added."
There is a great deal of propaganda, rhetoric. spin, or call it what you will, spewing out of North Korea and the USA. South Korea sits in the middle, a country with a great deal to lose if all out war is declared in Korea. The sabre rattling threatens world peace though, not just the immediate region.
Guam is a US territory. The USA already has a significant military presence on the island. The US, allegedly, planned to send a Thaad system, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, to Guam but the current Korean crisis has caused them to bring forward their plans. The US claims the system will only offer protection for Guam and the immediate area and is being deployed in a defensive role.
That may all be true but the USA now has a destroyer positioned off Korea with another vessel on its way.
Timeline: Korean tensions