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The American Military’s Real North Korea Nightmare Isn’t Nukes (Its Chemical Weapons)

US  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made clear at a press conference on March 17 in Seoul, South Korea that Washington’s “strategic patience” with North Korea has ended after a series of provocative actions and that some sort of military intervention against Pyongyang could be on the cards.

Last month’s murder by nerve agent of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia, however, casts doubt on the ultimate strategic utility of potential US air strikes against the secretive country’s many military installations.

The U.S. Army's Black Hawk Helicopter Could Serve for 50 Years (or More)

The U.S. Army’s primary medium lift helicopter was the result of lessons learned by the Army during the Vietnam War. While war in Southeast Asia validated the usefulness of helicopters in modern warfare, high helicopter and personnel losses led to a demand for a faster, better armored rotary-wing transport aircraft. The result was the now-iconic UH-60 “Black Hawk” helicopter.

How North Korea's James Bond Super Weapon Almost Started World War III

In 1998, South Korean president Kim Dae-jung came to power with a “Sunshine Policy” attempting to reconcile with North Korea. That policy included providing badly needed economic aid to relieve its northern neighbor as it recovered from a devastating famine. However, on the eve of a key peace conference in Panmunjom, a North Korean submarine on a spying mission got entangled in fishing nets and its crew committed suicide when South Korean ships began towing it back to port.

The CIA's Secret Plan to Crush Russia During the Cold War: Super Psychic Powers

What if someone sitting in a darkened room could close his eyes and visualize the exact location of a nuclear submarine hidden in the ocean depths five thousand miles away?

If the U.S. government’s paranormal research had proved fruitful instead of a flop, that’s the world we would live in today. A world where psychics hunt subs, and American soldiers kill enemies with the power of their mind, like an army of Darth Vaders in camouflage uniforms.

Cape Matapan: The Defeat That Crushed Mussolini's Dream of a Second Roman Empire

“What’s that battleship over there? I thought ours were miles away,” asked the British officer eating a sandwich on the bridge of the light cruiser HMS Orion.

He was right. The battleship wasn’t British. It was Italian, and promptly began hurling two-ton shells at the little squadron of British ships that had stumbled into its path.

Thus began the Battle of Cape Matapan, which might have given control of the Mediterranean to Hitler and Mussolini—and ended up becoming a crushing defeat for the Italian navy.

Revealed: North Korea's Forgotten (and Completely Crazy) Shadow War

In the fall of 1966, things really began to change on the Korean Peninsula.

The armistice agreement that had marked the de facto end of the Korean War in 1953 had created a demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, a buffer area intended to keep the two countries at a remove.

It didn’t always work. In the years since the ceasefire, the DMZ would be home to occasional clashes which served as brief reminders that the two countries were technically still at war. In 1965, North Korean forces killed 20 South Korean soldiers and four in the year before that.

How a North Korean Spy Submarine's Mechanical Meltdown Ended in Shocking Tragedy

At 4:30 p.m. on June 22, 1998, Capt. Kim In-yong noticed a curious site from the helm of his fishing boat as it sailed eleven miles east of the South Korean city of Sokcho: a small submarine, roughly sixty feet in length, caught in a driftnet used for mackerel fishing. Several crew members were visible on the submarine’s deck, trying to free their vessel. Upon noticing the fishing boat, they gave friendly waves of reassurance.