4/7 China the Lynchpin: US Changes Korea "Playbook Plan" Tone

DPRK Army on Highest Alert
Pyongyang (KCNA) All services and arms units of the Korean People's Army including strategic rocket units, have been placed on highest alert to cope with new war moves of U.S. imperialism.
3/29/13 http://www.kcna.co.jp/item/2013/201303/news29/20130329-28ee.html

for background information see last 2 issues:
4/5/13 US 'Holds' its Korea "Playbook Plan"; US Preemptive Nuclear War Policy http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/433
Administration "Playbook" Outlined Publicized Exercises
U.S.Dials Back On Korean Show Of Force
4/4/13 Wall Street Journal, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142412788732410090457840083399742028...

4/3/13 US Attacks DPRK, China the Strategic Target http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/432
Tensions on the Korean peninsula bring Russia and China closer
http://missilethreat.com/tensions-on-the-korean-peninsula-bring-russia-a... Arlington, VA 22209
"This is not about North Korea, but China"...All this for North Korean long-range missiles that do not actually exist? It goes without saying that Beijing is well aware of the subtext.

“It’s not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true.”
Henry Kissinger

Public Diplomacy in Grand Strategy Foreign Policy Analysis (2006)
onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1743-8594.2006.00025.x/abstract (brief excerpts)
"Public diplomacy’’ and ‘‘propaganda’’ are used interchangeably in this paper...the influence of the information revolution is not restricted to the developed world as evidenced in the resistance it meets from some non-democratic governments. Furthermore, one should not underestimate the exploitation of new technologies in third-world public diplomacy aimed at the developed world, especially at the US. All this should not obscure the continuing relevance of force (military power) to many interstate relations and increasingly terrorism which presents governments with a grand-strategic challenge: how to combine effectively soft and hard national means to obtain desired political outcomes...that especially in the current international system, depends on government’s ability to manage complicated balances and tradeoffs that inhere in the relationship between hard force and soft diplomacy... the traditional and time-honored concern of statecraft; ...however experience can be drawn from newer forms of force and communications, such as fighting terrorism in the age of global, real-time television and the Internet...

July 2010 The US Army War College Guide to National Security Issues, Vol. II National Security Policy and Strategy
Joseph Nye’s introduction of the concept of “soft power” as an essential complement to “hardpower” captures the essence of public diplomacy. Nye wrote of the “soft power of attraction”essential “to draw target publics into the U.S. web of influence.”4 The achievement of U.S. foreignpolicy goals is greatly facilitated when more friends and allies share our interests and contribute totheir accomplishment. In the case of the War on Terror, victory is directly related to prevailing in abattle of ideas, which public diplomacy tools seek to shape.The 9/11 Commission called for action “to compete as vigorously on the ideological battlefield as we do on the military and intelligence fronts.”5 The Department of State (DOS) Advisory Groupon Public Diplomacy, the General Accounting Office, the Heritage Foundation, the Council onForeign Relations, and the 9/11 Commission have all issued reports stating that a greater emphasisis needed by the U.S. Government on public diplomacy.6This chapter takes the position that current approaches to public diplomacy are flawedand must be reconsidered and appropriately funded in order to acquire the public diplomacycapabilities needed to win the War on Terror. Furthermore, public diplomacy must be integratedinto the policymaking process in the form of a comprehensive and coherent strategy. [...]

Rhetorically reifying manufactured perceptions
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) was established in 2003 as a partnership between the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. It is a research, analysis and professional training organization dedicated to furthering the study and practice of global public diplomacy.
....the concept of soft power coined by international relations scholar Joseph Nye has become a core concept in public diplomacy. Nye defines soft power as “the ability to get what you want through attraction rather than coercion or payments.” In other words, soft power is the degree to which a political actor’s cultural assets, political ideals and policies inspire respect or affinity on the part of others. Thus, soft power has come to be seen as a resource, with public diplomacy a mechanism that seeks to leverage soft power resources....
CPD sees public diplomacy emerging as a multi-disciplinary field with theoretical, conceptual and methodological links to several academic disciplines – communication, history, international relations, media studies, public relations, and regional studies, to name but a few.

Internet engagement online public diplomacy
... the term “public diplomacy” was coined in 1965...the history of public diplomacy however goes back to the establishment of the US Information Agency (USIA) in 1953 to manage the world’s perception of the United States as a force for good...Modern public diplomacy has taken a new twist...recruiting members of the public, segments of civil society, to share your message indirectly...the battle ground today is online... social media is interactive...the audience is also the content producer, people do their own filtering, find their own sources, share with online friends and wider networks... larger expert online public diplomacy projects actively shape public opinion.

China figures prominently
4/3/13 Foreign Policy - Situation Report, by Gordon Lubold
Secretary Hagel called Chinese National Defense minister, Gen. Chang Wanquan yesterday...From Pentagon Press Secretary George Little's readout: "The secretary emphasized the growing threat to the U.S. and our allies posed by North Korea's aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and expressed to General Chang the importance of sustained U.S.-China dialogue and cooperation on these issues." Headed to China--Gen. Marty Dempsey, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff... Invited to the U.S. by Hagel -- Gen. Chang.

Pivot to Asia or to peace?
3/20/13 By Huang Yinjiazi (Xinhua) http://english.people.com.cn/90780/8176243.html
"Asia pivoting" actually takes aim at China, creating strategic mistrust between the world's two largest economies.

Meeting by Obama and Japan’s Abe shows sign of warming ties
2.22.13 http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/ENGISSUE/98/575400.html
“Moving forward, the US hopes Japan will take on greater responsibility in preserving stability in East Asia and handling the rise of China,” said Richard Bush, director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.... Obama said the US-Japan security alliance is “the central foundation for our regional security and much of what we do in the Pacific region”. Abe said, “I think I can declare with confidence that the trust and the bond in our alliance is back.”...
The meeting showed Japan acting as if it were dependent on the US in both the areas of security and economy. With the territorial dispute with China and the North Korean nuclear test increasing concerns about security, Abe wanted to receive confirmation from President Obama about the US-Japan security alliance. In addition, he needed concessions from the US in regard to the TPP to help with an economic rebound, which is essential for the restoration of a “strong Japan,” one of his key slogans. To this end, Abe reconfirmed that Japan would take action to move the Futenma US military base in Okinawa as promised and pledged to increase the national defense budget, signaling it would help the US reduce its share of the responsibility for Japan’s defense...in regard to the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu in China), Abe reassured the US....that [he] will, “deal with this issue, the Senkaku issue, in a calm manner”...the New York Times reported “Their meeting yielded no major policy changes...But the summit suggested at least the potential for a warming. Mr. Abe, who has taken hawkish stands in the past, also signaled he reassured the Americans that he would not act rashly and instead would seek to improve relations with Bejing .”

"North Korea engineered the current crisis"
US: North Korea Must De-Escalate Tensions
4/7/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/us-north-korea-tensions/1636611.html
White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer said on the Fox News Sunday TV program that North Korea engineered the current crisis, and it is up to North Korea to change its posture and tactics....on NBC Meet the Press, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said South Korea’s patience with its northern neighbor is wearing thin...On CBS Face the Nation Republican Senator John McCain McCain urged greater Chinese pressure on North Korea. “China does hold the key to this problem. China could cut off their [North Korea’s] economy if they want to"...

U.S. delaying missile test as Korea tensions rise
4/7/ Washington Post: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel concerned missile launch could be misinterpreted by North Korea.

VOA overwhelmed by constant-changing 'public diplomacy' ?
S Korea: North May Be Preparing Missile Launch
4/7/ VOA http://www.voanews.com/content/us-south-korea-delay-meeting-missile-test...
Kim Jang-Soo, chief national security adviser to President Park Geun-Hye, said a test-launch or other provocation could come before or after Wednesday, the date by which the North has suggested diplomats leave the capital, Pyongyang...North Korea told foreign embassies and international NGOs it could only guarantee their safety until April 10, in the event of open hostilities. But foreign diplomats stationed in Pyongyang appear to be staying at their embassies <4/6/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/diplomats-in-north-korea-stay-put-despite-warning/1636121.html>...White House officials said Friday Washington would not be surprised if North Korea staged a missile test similar to one late last year that brought a new round of international condemnation and economic sanctions....
White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday the Obama administration is not giving in to North Korean pressure by delaying a scheduled missile launch...(no segway )
US missile test delayed. The Pentagon postponed an intercontinental ballistic missile test from U.S. Air Force base in California in order to not "exacerbate" military tensions with North Korea.

US turns SK proxy's 'unhelpful' leak from US war-gaming "PLAYBOOK PLAN" to US advantage
Report: South Korean intel official correctly predicted North Korean urging embassy closures
Three weeks ago, JoongAng ... a major South Korean broadsheet newspaper with a sizable readership...ran a story citing an anonymous South Korean intelligence official predicting that this would happen: North Korea would “inform foreign diplomatic missions in Pyongyang to pull out their citizens” as stage two of a three-stage process to push the Korean peninsula right up to, but not over, the brink of nuclear war. Stage one was “issuing war threats against the South and spreading the idea that war is imminent.” ...
Perhaps what’s potentially most significant about the report is... if South Korea... shares this official’s view and might act on the suggestion that a terrorist attack might be imminent... then will it feel compelled to do something to preempt that attack? It seems unlikely North Korea really does want war, but it does appear to want to push everyone right up to the brink. The big danger is that some unexpected event will push the Korean peninsula over into a larger conflict that nobody really wants. As a number of analysts have warned, a preemptive strike from South Korea, perhaps meant to deter the Cheonan-style attack it might believe it coming, is exactly the sort of unwelcome event that might escalate things out of control.

'the unfresh' "PLAYBOOK PLAN" unmentionable since state-sponsored 'news' transformed it into a "counterprovocation plan"
U.S. Parries N. Korean Threats With A Fresh Plan
4/6/13 5:13 AM http://www.npr.org/2013/04/06/176407333/tensions-with-north-korea-a-mess...
You might think alarm bells would be sounding in Washington, given the warnings coming out of North Korea. But when they talk about North Korea, U.S. officials are sounding like exasperated parents responding to a child's tantrum. At the White House spokesman Jay Carney said "We have seen them launch missiles in the past, and the U.N. Security Council has repeatedly condemned them as violations of Security Council resolutions and it would fit their current pattern of bellicose, unhelpful and unconstructive rhetoric and actions," Carney said.
If the North Koreans do launch a missile, the U.S. would have to decide whether to shoot it down....U.S. and South Korean leaders drew up what they called a counterprovocation plan, and this year they knew the plan might be put to a test.... decided it was important to "signal" their readiness to respond to hostile action and the exercises included an especially dramatic show of force with stealth bombers. The reaction from the North has been especially aggressive... "That's why there's been a lot of effort over the past two and a half years now to build this counterprovocation plan... a hard balance of a strong response — don't escalate, but be prepared to go to war" said General Walter Sharp, former Commander of U.S. forces in Korea... the counterprovocation plan and U.S. show of force send three messages: South Korea sees U.S. military standing behind them; North Korea finds out what they'd face were they to start something; China sees how high the stakes are and why it needs to rein North Korea in.
A Plan For Escalation, A Preference For Calm
If North Koreans launched even a limited artillery strike against the South...Gen. Sharp says..."There are options people have worked and thought through that could very quickly be brought to President Obama and President Park"... That's the escalation scenario, and it leads to all-out war. So now that the show of force and resolve signals have been sent, it's time for another message: that war should be avoided. "We have no information to suggest an imminent threat to U.S. citizens or facilities in the [Republic of Korea]," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland relaying a statement from the U.S. Embassy in South Korea this week..."The goal there was to be calming, obviously," she said. That message, to calm down, coming at what seems like an especially dangerous moment, was likely meant to be heard on all sides.

Contradiction: China is both the major target in the US Korea 'PLAYBOOK PLAN' and #1 capitalist rival threatening US world dominance
"US sees China as lever to press NK"
Detecting Shift, U.S. Makes Case to China on North Korea
The Obama administration...is pressuring China’s new president, Xi Jinping, to crack down on the regime in Pyongyang or face heightened U.S. military presence in its region. In a flurry of exchanges including a phone call from President Obama to Mr. Xi, administration officials said, they have briefed the Chinese in detail about American plans to upgrade missile defenses and other steps to deter the increasingly belligerent threats made by North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong-un.
China, deeply suspicious of the US desire to reassert itself in Asia, has not protested publicly or privately as the US deployed ships and warplanes to the Korean Peninsula. That silence, American officials say, attests to both Beijing’s mounting frustration with the North and recognition that its reflexive support for Pyongyang could strain its ties with Washington.“The timing is important. It will be an important early exercise between the US and China, early in the term of Xi Jinping and early in the second term of President Obama.”...
Judging whether China has genuinely changed course on North Korea is tricky: Beijing has appeared to respond to U.S. pressure before. China has long feared the US would capitalize on the fall of the North Korean leadership by expanding its influence on the Korean Peninsula....
The White House was encouraged by how swiftly China had supported the sanctions, which followed a North Korean nuclear test and a missile launch. But some diplomats and analysts say China has dragged its feet in enforcing them.... two senior U.S. officials traveled to Beijing two weeks ago to try to persuade China to enforce new banking restrictions on North Korea, but Chinese banking leaders showed little sign of compliance...many analysts say sanctions cannot succeed without China’s cooperation...China continues to say economic sanctions will not work
In the coming weeks the U.S. will send a stream of senior officials to China to press its case, starting with Secretary of State John Kerry, who will travel to Beijing next Saturday, on an Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea and Japan....In Beijing the United States is pushing the Chinese leadership to crack down on the proliferation of cyberattacks on American government and commercial interests originating and Kerry wants to reinvigorate dialogue with China on climate change.
Making progress on those issues will be easier if Washington is in sync with Beijing over North Korea. A week after Mr. Kerry’s visit, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will spend four days in China to improve communication between U.S. and Chinese militaries...given China’s expanded military ambitions and intensified U.S. activity in the region.
Mr. Donilon plans to visit Beijing in May. Part of the heavy rotation of diplomacy, officials said, is to compensate for the fact that Mr. Obama is not scheduled to meet Mr. Xi until September....
A Chinese major general in the People’s Liberation Army, Luo Yuan, who often writes in Chinese state-run news media...wrote in a blog post on China’s social media site, Sina Weibo, that North Korea will calm down and return to the status quo “no war, no unification,” which remains in China’s favor.

US state terrorist architect Henry Kissinger said 'it is often more dangerous being America’s ally than its enemy.'
US can't trust the proxies its world domination depends on because it knows its proxies know how US turns on its 'partner/allies'
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, after meeting South Korea's foreign minister at the State Department , said "The bottom line is very simply that what Kim Jong Un is choosing to do is provocative, idangerous, reckless, and the United States will not accept the DPRK as a nuclear state" ...The US also is concerned about its regional allies. South Korean officials are pressing for permission to develop a domestic nuclear fuel program rather than have the U.S. supply its fuel and technology. Seoul insists its program would be for strictly civil purposes...as well as lead to a South Korean weapons program free of American control ... that could set off nuclear proliferation in East Asia and the Middle East...

North Korea plays weak hand to advantage
...For decades, North Korea has kept its population in a state of military alert using threats imminent imperialist invasion...the increased Pentagon Pacific deployment and use of B-52 and stealth bombers in recent military exercises has been spun by North Korean propagandists into proof of what they've been warning about all along... Kim Jong Un called North Korea's nuclear weapons program a "treasure" that would not be abandoned or traded "for billions of dollars..."North Korea does not have a working nuclear weapon or intercontinental ballistic missile, but it has the fourth largest military in the world ...On several occasions the U.S. considered preemptive strikes, most seriously in 1994, when the Clinton administration contemplated preemptive air strikes to take out the Yongbyon nuclear site..a computer simulation projected that if North Korea went all-out in retaliation, as many as a million South Koreans could be killed, as well as thousands of American troops stationed near the DMZ.. if such a strike spun into full-scale war, the US could easily defeat North Korea--according to some estimates, in less than three days...But victory would come at an unthinkable cost....If the United States and South Korea launched a quick, all-out blitz against North Korea, there would be heavy casualties on the North Korea side. In a slower, more cautious campaign against military targets, losses would be greater south of the border..."Nuclear weapons are really the weapons of the weak," (ed: US the only nation that has ever used nuclear bombs, on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki) )said (Professor) Lieber at Georgetown University "If North Korea is facing conventional defeat, which seems likely given the superior might of the combined forces, they might not see any other option (than nuclear) for avoiding regime change."...

Mao shows reality of US free speech
3-31-13 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/772031.shtml#.UViOac1HbR0
The US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, on March 22, pulled the Mao Zedong quote "Our attitude toward ourselves should be 'to be insatiable in learning' and toward others 'to be tireless in teaching' when US senators demanded explanation of why the department cited the words of a communist....reportedly replaced by an Abraham Lincoln quote...