Our Missile-Defense Policy Should be ‘America First’
Ideal year-round temperatures, lush tropical foliage, and scenic beaches belie the strategic significance of Hawaii’s Pacific Missile Range Facility, which cuts across 2,385 acres of coastline in Kauai County.
The U.S. Naval base is said to be the “only …
Krauthammer’s Take: On Dealing with North Korea, ‘We Don’t See Anything from China’
Charles Krauthammer called recent North Korean actions “a deliberate provocation,” and said that U.S. reliance on China in this whole matter is questionable.
It seems to be a deliberate provocation by the leadership in Pyongyang, but it is not, …
With North Korea, We Do Have Cards to Play
The crisis with North Korea may appear trumped up. It’s not.
Given that Pyongyang has had nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for more than a decade, why the panic now? Because North Korea is headed for a nuclear breakout. The …
Is America Really Ready for a Second Korean War?
The first and only time I’ve been jolted awake by air-raid sirens came in Seoul, South Korea, in 2010. I had of course heard tornado-warning sirens before; I grew up in the South, after all. But I’d never heard …
North Korea: ‘The Cuban Missile Crisis in Slow Motion’
Happy Easter Monday! Good news, you’ve got one extra day to file your taxes.
Keep your head on a swivel this week. It’s the anniversary week of the Boston Marathon bombing (April 15), the Virginia Tech shooting (April 16), the …
Last Chance for Taking Shots at Judge Gorsuch
Last Chance for Taking Shots at Judge Gorsuch
Democrats and their media allies put up their last shot against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, accusing him of plagiarism.
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski: “Seems sort of weak? This is what, 300 words …
Krauthammer’s Take: Rex Tillerson’s Threats to North Korea Are Meant for China to Hear
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the Trump administration is not planning on being patient with North Korean aggression, and Charles Krauthammer argued that such a threat is intended for the Chinese to hear, since they can affect what …
Impromptus: The Marine (Le Pen) Corps, &c.
The illiberal, Putin-friendly Right seems to be growing in America, and elsewhere. I started at a photo the other day. It was taken last month, but I hadn’t seen it until last week. It showed two U.S. congressmen …
North Korea: A Column and a Headline
The first item in my Impromptus today is a long one (the rest are shorties). It’s about Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of Kim Jong-il. He was murdered in Malaysia last week by his half-brother Kim Jong-un, the youngest …
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He’s… Out Like Flynn!
In the short-term, this is another giant headache for the administration, a lot of wasted political capital, and another couple days of …
Trump: ‘Normalized’ but Still Scary
With near unanimity, my Never Trump friends confess a sense of relief. It could have been worse. They thought it would be worse. A deep apprehension still endures but the international order remains intact, the republic still stands, and no “…
Nukes + Nuttiness = Neanderthal Deterrence
How can an otherwise failed dictatorship best suppress internal dissent while winning international attention, influence — and money?
Apparently, it must openly seek nuclear weapons.
Second, the nut state should sound so crazy and unpredictable that it might just use them, …
Why North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Programs Are Far More Dangerous Than They Look
On Friday, the news media were so sure North Korea would conduct a nuclear test over the weekend to celebrate the 105th birthday of Kim Il-Sung that they almost started a countdown clock. The test never happened. Some experts said …
Krauthammer’s Take: Democrats ‘Have Assiduously Tried to Stop’ U.S. Missile Defense Development
Charles Krauthammer said that Democrats could have a lot to answer for given the threat of a North Korean nuclear attack on the west coast and their staunch opposition to building up a missile-defense system:
We’ve been working 30 years …
Krauthammer’s Take: Mother of All Bombs Launched ‘To Send a Message’ to North Korea and Iran
Charles Krauthammer argued that this particular timing to bomb ISIS suggests that the Trump administration wants to send a message to other belligerent countries:
Well, it’s curious as to why here and why now.
I suspect from what they …
Trump Should Press China on Its Support of North Korea
With President Xi Jinping of China visiting the U.S. this week, many wish they could be the proverbial fly on the wall at the Mar-a-Lago estate as these two world leaders hash out an array of important issues. President …
Impromptus: The most bogus of words, &c.
For the last many years, I’ve thought that the word “relevant” was one of our most bogus. “How do you make Beethoven relevant?” people will ask. Things like that. Now I’m thinking that “relevant” may be the most …
Krauthammer’s Take: U.S., Chinese, and Korean Nuclear Capabilities Creating a ‘Tinderbox’
With the Chinese seeing how aggressive Trump will be following the accommodating Obama administration, Charles Krauthammer said that missile defense is a central concern, and it may greatly upset China if the U.S. uses such a defense system to …
Impromptus: The Kim assassination, &c.
As you have heard, Kim Jong-nam was assassinated in Malaysia. He was a son of Kim Jong-il, the late dictator of North Korea. He was the half-brother of the current dictator, Kim Jong-un.
There have been three Kim dictators, as …
The North Korean Red Line
.Santa Monica, Calif
The Cold War was waged and won in many places, including this beach city, home to the RAND Corporation. Created in 1948 to think about research and development as it affects military planning and procurement, RAND pioneered strategic …