"Because it worked so well back in 1940 with Japan.
Aggressive military dictatorships aren't always deterred by anything less than war. "
That has certainly been the case about USA.
"Can you think of a measure less than war that would have deterred Japan from its path of conquest in Asia and war against America? Surrender doesn't count."
Can you think that whatever happened 8000 Km west to San Francisco was not the fricking business of USA to start with?
What if other countries decided to mess in the other side of the world like USA did? What if USSR just declared war to USA because of what they were doing in South America just like USA did (under Pearl Harbor excuse) with Japan in Far East?
Please note that I'm not saying a word about the ethics of all these issues but just stating the fact that USA was a expanding colonial country under its influence sphere (Caribe, South America and Pacific) just like any one else, the only difference being that History is written down by those that win and it was USA the one that won.
"North Korea was at war with South Korea, the UN powers"
See? "UN powers"... what a nice euphemism for what obviously was a pulse between USSR and USA... again, tens of thousands kilometers away from USA frontiers.
"You're trying to paint a 60 year old war with a 10 year old brush"
Maybe because whatever are the current moving reasons for NK top cabals are, well... current?
"North Korea wants nuclear weapons for the power"
But of course yes! as if USA (or any other nuclear nation) wants them for the nice fireworks they could make on July the 4th, or something.
"By the way, did you take any notice of what happened to the "friends" of the USSR that went off script? East Germany? Hungary? Czechoslovakia? Afghanistan?"
Are you against my point or helping me to make it stronger? What happened to that other USSR ally, the one with ICBMs? China, I mean. Or Pakistan, for that matter? The point still holds: nations with ICBMs are dealt with in quite a different way than those without and maybe NK leaders have payed attention to that.
" I don't recall the US invading a friendly nation like that."
Maybe you need some more phosphorus in your diet, then, for the cases of Iraq or Panama are not so far away.