No big surprise that North Korea is restarting its nuclear reprocessing plant at Yongbyon. In September 2005 the North pledged to abandon its nuclear program, then tested a nuclear weapon in October 2006. In February 2007 we reached a deal that they would end their program again — NRO analysis here – and now that agreement has apparently failed. Our main problem is that we expect countries not to use the leverage they have to keep us off balance when it is in their interest to do so. Any agreement with North Korea will fail precisely because once the North has collected the promised aid money and reaped other benefits, they will need a new deal, thus will have to foment a crisis in order to get one. Meanwhile, they can expand their nuclear arsenal, which gives them additional security from attack. And it is hard not to connect North Korea’s renewed interest in nuclear fuel reprocessing with continued nuclear developments in Iran. Our record of failure in dealing with this issue is embarrassing, and very dangerous.
Well, did you think Rod Rosenstein was going to say, “You got me. The Mueller probe was inappropriate and politicized?” No, you didn’t. And the deputy attorney general did not disappoint. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Rosenstein defended the investigation as “appropriate ... Read More
In Brooklyn, there is an occult bookshop called Catland Books. “Catland” is, one imagines, an apt description of the homes of the women who congregate there. The operators of the establishment have announced that they are planning to hold a special hex session this weekend to make Supreme Court justice ... Read More
It’s been a bad week for Heidi Heitkamp. Last night, the North Dakota Democrat squared off against Republican congressman Kevin Cramer in a debate, as she fights to hold on to her Senate seat. With less than three weeks to go until the election, Heitkamp already appeared to be at a disadvantage; most recent ... Read More
Editor’s Note: Every week, Michael Brendan Dougherty writes an “Off the Shelf” column sharing casual observations on the books he's reading and the passing scene. A fad or heresy is the exaltation of something which even if true, is secondary or temporary in its nature against those things which are ... Read More
With Election Day a little more than two weeks away, Republican Senate candidates in Arizona and Missouri appear to have a small lead over their Democratic opponents. In Arizona, a New York Times/Siena poll shows Republican congresswoman Martha McSally ahead of Democratic congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema by two ... Read More