The Case for Preemptive Defense and Offense in the North Korean Chess Match
Last week, North Korea launched a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, sending residents scrambling for shelter. The missile was the second Kim Jong-Un’s regime has fired over its eastern neighbor in a month, and these …
It will be known, at least for now, as the Rocket Man speech, but it was more than that.
In his first address to the United Nations, Donald Trump delivered a solid and necessary defense of the importance of national …
No Good Options in North Korea?
As the North Korean government continues its ballistic-missile testing, a chorus of voices insist that the United States has “no good options” for addressing this growing threat. With China unwilling or unable to reign in Kim Jong-un and a U….
What If South Korea Acted Like North Korea?
Think of the Korean Peninsula turned upside down.
Imagine if there were a South Korean dictatorship that had been in power, as a client of the United States since 1953.
Imagine also that contemporary South Korea was not the rich, democratic …
The Bodyguards of Kim Jong-Un
‘Why did we lose this war?” asked James Burnham of Vietnam in National Review in 1972. One reason, he wrote, was that “We failed — that is, our leadership failed — to comprehend this Indochina struggle as one campaign or subwar in the …
Worry about Kim Jong-un, Not Trump
So far, the assumption that Trump is bungling or exacerbating the crisis with North Korea isn’t justified.
Ever since he came down the escalator at Trump Tower that fateful day in June 2015, President Trump’s critics have worried that …
North Korea’s Sixth Missile Test: An Update from the Weekend
Early this morning, a North Korean diplomat described his country’s missile tests as “gift package[s],” warning the U.S. to expect more if the Trump administration continues with its “reckless provocations.”
“The recent self-defense measures by my country DPRK …
The Growing North Korea Crisis
Happy Labor Day. Today’s Jolt is a bit truncated: Here’s an update on North Korea and Hollywood.
North Korea Detonates Nuclear Weapon; Mattis and Trump Respond
News out of North Korea, as the nation tests a new nuclear …
As Flooding Continues in Houston, Texans Still Need Your Help
This is the last Jim-written Morning Jolt until September 8. I’ll see some of you on the National Review cruise this week.
Texas Still Needs Our Help
The outlook for Houston is mixed; every charity that was mobilizing to help …
Strategic Vulnerability: Obama’s Drastic Cuts to Missile Defense
In response to growing concerns that North Korea would launch an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) at the U.S., President Donald Trump retweeted former ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, who argued that the Obama administration’s skepticism of …
Is Kim Jong-Un a Rational Actor?
Observers around the Web have decried Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric on North Korea — particularly his threat at the United Nations to destroy the country and use of the term “Rocket Man” to refer to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un …
Trump’s Successful U.N. Speech
In his speech to the United Nations, President Trump very successfully met the political and intellectual challenge he faced. He reminded the delegates that the United Nations was never meant to be a gigantic bureaucracy that would steadily become a …
War with North Korea Is a Distinct Possibility
Retired Navy captain Jerry Hendrix is a good friend and a fine defense analyst. He has written an essay that begins with an account of what happened on board the USS Fitzgerald after it was struck by a container vessel …
Throwing Away the Russian Card
“They [the North Koreans] will eat grass but will not stop their program as long as they do not feel safe.”— Vladimir Putin, Beijing, China, September 5, 2017
China has put the U.S. into an existential dilemma. Its surrogate North Korea — …
What ‘News Gathering’ Looks Like at the New York Times
Allegations of leftist bias in the media are often difficult to prove because of the lack of hard evidence that a reporter has already made up his or her mind before a story runs. One can examine the resulting story …
On North Korea, U.S. Must Respond with an Eye to the Future
With the test of a possible hydrogen device, Kim Jung-un has now played his latest and most powerful card. In doing so, he has imparted a greater sense of urgency to the ongoing crisis. But, like the launch of a …
What Are Our Options on North Korea?
Making the click-through worthwhile: North Korean aggression opens talks of U.N. sanctions, Christie’s path to the Senate, and opting out of public-school sexual-education programs.
Sanctioning North Korea
In response to North Korea’s nuclear test this weekend, its …
How Do You Solve a Problem Like North Korea?
The first step in thinking through a problem is to ask whether it’s a problem at all. Problems without solutions, the saying goes, aren’t problems. They’re facts.
Some people argue that a nuclear-armed North Korea is less …
South Korea Anti-Terror Drills
A Man Who Does More for the Korean People than Just Worry
‘Please, don’t tell me more.” It’s become a common plea if not a refrain as I encounter more and more people choosing to disengage from watching the seemingly constant car crash that is our politics and culture. Apparently …