Korea

Why Is Kim Jong-un Our Problem?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

What would a true “America First” foreign policy look like? It would restore to the United States the freedom it enjoyed for the 150 years before NATO, to decide when, where, and whether we go to war. U.S. allies would be put on notice that, while we are not walking away from the world, we are dissolving all treaty commitments that require us to go to war as soon as the shooting starts.

Rex Tillerson's Asian reminder of why transparency is crucial

Editors, Washington Examiner

Tillerson, the State Department and the entire Trump administration should welcome more press coverage and more transparency because it is proper. The president and his officials aren't running a business, they're carrying out the work that the public has directed them to do. To the degree possible, the people should know what their government is doing.

Is a Korean Missile Crisis Ahead?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Events in Asia — Chinese claims to reefs and rocks in the South and East China Seas and North Korea’s menacing her neighbors — are pushing us toward a version of the Nixon Doctrine declared in Guam in 1969 that is consistent with America first. While we will provide the arms for friends and allies to fight in their own defense in any future wars, henceforth, they will provide the troops.

Japan Needs a Real Defense in a Changing World

The historical experience of World War II and hostility of Japan’s neighbors were important factors in Tokyo’s long aversion to mounting a more robust defense. But so too was the opportunity to take a very cheap ride on the American military.

The Talladega Economy

The Republican establishment and the cheap labor wing of Big Business want to continue to suppress wages and job growth for American citizens by granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and opening the borders to more low-skilled immigrants. How does this make sense with the civilian labor force participation rate at its lowest level in 36 years?

North Korea’s Kim Dynasty Consumes Its Own: No Love in this Family

The communist Democratic People's Republic of Korea has long has been the land of no good options, the geopolitical problem with no good answers. And the ongoing leadership transition—whether solidified or unsettled—isn’t likely to bring peace or stability to the region.