House Overwhelmingly Passes $700 Billion Defense Spending Bill
Yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives passed a $700 billion defense spending bill by a 356–70 margin. The bill will fund several elements of the military’s defensive preparation in response to the North Korea threat by authorizing spending to improve existing and …
North Korea Knowns and Unknowns
No one really knows all that much about North Korea’s nuclear or conventional military capability or its strategic agenda. Are its nuclear missiles reliably lethal, are they as long-ranged and accurate as hyped, and are they under secure command …
Corker’s Criticism of Trump Isn’t Completely Correct
Making the click-through worthwhile: one aspect of Senator Bob Corker’s criticism of President Trump that doesn’t ring true, ESPN suspends anchor Jamele Hill for being Jamele Hill, and why Hillary Clinton’s silence about Harvey Weinstein is not …
Are Wars Caused by Accidents?
As tensions mount with North Korea, fears arise that President Trump’s tit-for-tat bellicose rhetoric with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un might lead to miscalculations — and thus an accidental war that could have been prevented.
Is there evidence in history …
What Are the Chances the War of Words with North Korea Escalates?
In the last two weeks, Donald Trump has been waging a war of words on two fronts — a domestic battle against NFL and NBA athletes and a foreign fight against “Little Rocket Man,” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. One …
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 …
Who Gets to Have Nuclear Weapons — and Why?
Given North Korea’s nuclear lunacy, what exactly are the rules, formal or implicit, about which nations may have nuclear weapons and which may not?
It is complicated.
In the free-for-all environment of the 1940s and 1950s, the original nuclear …
Trump’s Boasts Hurt the Cause of American Missile Defense
During an interview with Sean Hannity last week, President Donald Trump reassured Americans that “we build the greatest military equipment in the world” and that “we have missiles that can knock out a missile in the air 97 percent of the …
North Korea Threat Is Boosting Global Preparation for Missile Attacks
Earlier this week, congressional defense committees approved a measure rerouting more than $400 million into the national missile defense program, a direct response to the threat posed by North Korea’s continued missile tests. The money will go toward accelerating Navy …
Yes, the U.S. Navy Can Shoot Down North Korean ICBMs
North Korea continues to test its nuclear weapons and its means to deliver them, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that can reach America. We clearly need the best ballistic-missile defense (BMD) systems possible.
Even with this urgent need, some think …
Shinzo Abe Declares Snap Election Following Swell in Support for Pro-Military Agenda
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election yesterday, hoping to capitalize on newfound support for his hardline stance on dealing with North Korea. His approval rating has skyrocketed to 50 percent, more than 20 points higher than his all-time low …
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 …