North Korea

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection prospects already plain for all to see

If Donald Trump continues to push the right political buttons – and Republicans in Congress actually move forward on the agenda he articulated during last year’s campaign – he will win over more voters and his current popularity numbers won’t be a problem.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Betsy DeVos and Hillary Clinton -- a Tale of Two Washington Women

It used to be the Constitution brought Americans together but that’s no longer true. These days, as Betsy DeVos demonstrated, returning to our country’s founding principles only brings one scorn, condemnation and evil wishes from people who use the system for their own aims.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Could the best option on North Korea be to simply do nothing?

If some politician out there has a better solution than the man on the street to the North Korea situation, we’d all like to hear it. In the meantime Americans simply want their towns and cities protected and their sons and daughters to remain safely away from any military conflict.

The U.S. Navy’s Dangerous Attrition

A lot of our current officers are not necessarily the most talented people who joined the Navy prior to and during the Obama years, rather, they are the “best” of those who felt comfortable in the political and social environment Obama fostered.

Counterpoint: Why Should North Korea Believe the United States?

No one knows what President Trump believes about the Koreas. He has made many contradictory comments while Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been talking up the likelihood of war.

DC hasn’t come to grips with Trump’s presidency

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

The entire North Korea episode is another example of the crisis of our democracy that led to Trump’s victory. Is our sprawling government capable of reforming itself and confronting the urgent problems of national security and the economy? Or is it so hopelessly hidebound and our politics so polarized that we can do nothing except tear ourselves apart — even as our adversaries vow to smash America into the dustbin of history?

Is the American Empire Worth the Price?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Given the rising risk of our war guarantees, from the eastern Baltic to the Korean DMZ — and the paltry rewards of the American Imperium — we are being bled from Libya to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen — a true America First foreign policy is going to become increasingly attractive. Kim’s credible threat to one day be able to nuke a U.S. city is going to concentrate American minds wonderfully.

If North Korea Has Miniature Nukes, So Does Iran

Given their history of cooperation on nuclear weapons and missile technology, and given that Iran and North Korea are the two countries most belligerent toward the United States, it is not unreasonable to conclude that if North Korea has a nuclear capable ICBM, so does Iran.

Vice President Pence versus President Trump on Foreign Policy

Washington should stop thinking of containment. Rather, the Trump administration should begin disengagement, devolving onto the Europeans responsibility for their defense.

Shall We Fight Them All?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Among the reasons Trump routed his Republican rivals in 2016 is that he seemed to share an American desire to look homeward. Yet, today, our relations with China and Russia are as bad as they have been in decades, while there is open talk of war with Iran and North Korea. Was this what America voted for, or is this what America voted against?

The Korean Games of Thrones

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Ultimately, China alone can pressure North Korea, and America alone can pressure China. It is time to stop lecturing both about what is supposedly in their long-term interests. We must accept that both nations do what they do because — at least in the short term — they like it and see benefits from it. The aim of the United States is to disabuse them of such thinking, while speaking ever more softly with an ever-bigger stick.

Hillary Clinton’s NSC Running Trump’s Iran Policy

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster's guidance to President Trump that he should falsely certify that Iran is in compliance with the Obama nuclear deal amounts to looking the other way on Iran’s violations and is little different than what Hillary Clinton would have done if she had won the 2016 election.

Trump’s Quiet Live-Fire Confrontation With Iran

U.S. forces have opened fire on Iranian-backed forces in Syria at least three times since May. Three of the incidents took place at al-Tanf, a remote desert outpost near the point where the Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian borders meet.

Iran Is Not Complying with the Nuclear Deal

Fred Fleitz and Ambassador Bolton argue it is folly to falsely certify that Iran is in compliance with its obligations under Obama's nuclear deal. It is time for President Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to take America out of Obama’s dangerous Iran nuclear deal.

West Can Neither Live with nor Take Out North Korean Nukes

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Asia is already a dangerous place, with both Indian and Pakistani nuclear missiles and a likely nuclear Iran in the not-so-distant future. Do Moscow and Beijing wish to add three or four more nuclear powers near their borders? We are nearing an existential showdown, as failed efforts at bribery and appeasement have run their course. Only a tough, messy confrontation now can prevent a disastrous war later on.

An America First Korea Policy

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

No vital U.S. interest requires us, in perpetuity, to be willing to go to war to defend South Korea, especially if that war entails the risk of a nuclear attack on U.S. troops or the American homeland. If the United States did not have a mutual security pact that obligates us to defend South Korea against a nuclear-armed North, would President Trump be seeking to negotiate such a treaty?

The Sickening Attack on Otto Warmbier Is Symbolic of the Left’s Hate Problem

David French, National Review

It’s incumbent on each of America’s great political movements to do their best to police their own, and the Left has failed, utterly, to address the hatred in its midst. Instead its great institutions celebrate it, embrace it, and grant platforms for cruelty and malice. Otto Warmbier is but one victim. There are — and will be — many more to come.

President Trump’s Response Half-Right on NATO

While they like being protected by America, Europeans don’t need America to protect them. They have a larger economy and population than the U.S. and vastly bigger than Russia. The issue is not capability, but willingness to do more militarily.

South Korea Elects the Anti-Trump: Whither the Washington-Seoul Alliance?

The policies of newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in vary sharply from those of the Trump administration. Many of Moon’s proposals would undercut, even obstruct, Washington’s objectives.

Nukes + Nuttiness = Neanderthal Deterrence

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The accepted logic of the rogue state is that the Westernized world is so affluent and leisured, and life is so good, that it will understandably grant almost any immediate geostrategic or monetary concession to avoid serious disruptions of the international order. The logic of appeasement is always more appeasement — especially in the one-bomb nuclear age.