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 …
No Nukes, They Say: On This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize
Editor’s Note: The below piece is an expansion of Mr. Nordlinger’s piece in the current issue of National Review.
The world has been nervous about nuclear bombs ever since August 1945, when the United States dropped two of them …
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 …
South Korea Anti-Terror Drills
Into the Abyss: A Scenario for the Next Korean War
“One principal lesson of the Gulf War is that, if a state intends to fight the United States, it should avoid doing so until and unless it possesses nuclear weapons.”
— Krishnaswamy Sundarji, former chief of staff, Indian army
To this …
West Can Neither Live with nor Take Out North Korean Nukes
North Korea recently test-launched a long-range missile capable of reaching Alaska.
When North Korea eventually builds a missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, it will double down on its well-known shakedown of feigning indifference to American deterrence while …
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: North Korea Would Be the First ‘Insane Regime’ with Long-Range Nukes
With Kim Jong-un’s regime threatening to build an intercontinental ballistic missile, Bret Baier pointed out President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet about that possibility:
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon …
SDI: How Do You Like It Now?
Here is the opening of an excellent report by Robert Burns, who writes about national security for the AP:
As North Korea rattles its nuclear saber, threatening to bomb the U.S. at “any moment,” a nerve-jangling question hangs in …
Krauthammer’s Take: Mr. President: Republicans Don’t Oppose Diplomacy, They Oppose Your Bad Deal
President Obama claims that Republicans are not interested in “a diplomatic resolution” to America’s long-standing conflict with Iran. “This is the president’s mendacity continuing to a degree that is really quite remarkable,” says Charles Krauthammer.
“‘There are people on …
On the homepage, I have a piece entitled “No Nukes, They Say.” It’s about the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, given to ICAN, i.e., the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. This year’s award furnishes much, much food for …
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 …
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 …
The Nuclear Taboo Is Weaker than You Think
North Korea has a lot of people thinking about nuclear war these days. But there shouldn’t be any reason to worry, right? We’re told that the world saw what happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and learned never to …
North Korea’s Nukes Are Probably Here to Stay
North Korea’s nuclear weapons probably aren’t going anywhere.
The test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday is the latest disconcerting development in a decades-long slide toward a nuclear-armed North Korea capable of striking the U.S. homeland and …
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, …
Facing North Korea and Iran, Trump Must Strengthen Nuclear Deterrence
Like Big Brother in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un holds absolute power. And Kim, the same as his father and grandfather, wants to forcibly unify the Korean peninsula under a xenophobic ideology of self-sufficiency.
Obama Plans Nuclear-Policy Reversals
On July 10, the Washington Post reported that President Obama’s national security team had begun to assemble a disarmament agenda for the President’s final months in office. By design, the agenda consisted of initiatives that the President could implement …
History Rhymes: Nuclear Weapons Edition
There are numerous cases of military service running in families, sometimes at the highest levels. Think John McCain, for example, whose grandfather was a top admiral in World War II. But there’s generational service and then there’s almost eerie cloning. …
Thoughts on the P5+1 Negotiations with Tehran
The November 24 deadline came and went for an agreement between the powers and the Islamic Republic of Iran; on that date, they managed only to extend the existing interim deal for another seven months. The ayatollah crowed and U.S. …