North Korea

Trump Is Right: U.S. Should Discuss Ending The Nuclear Umbrella Over Japan And South Korea

The way Washington won agreement from some nuclear-capable powers to abstain from going nuclear is to provide a “nuclear umbrella,” that is, promise to use nukes to defend them if necessary. As a result, the price of nonproliferation in East Asia is America’s willingness to risk Los Angeles to protect Seoul and Tokyo, and maybe Taipei and Canberra too. Trump was right, the U.S. ought to discuss whether those commitments are still in our interest.

Why are America’s Allies so Persistently Pathetic?

Washington’s allies generally are a pathetic lot. Benefiting from sizeable and capable populations and enjoying large and advanced economies, they nevertheless can’t be bothered to invest heavily in their own defense, so the bulk of Washington’s over-size military outlays are to project power for the benefit of its ne’er-do-well allies.

U.S. Should Retire Outdated Alliance With South Korea

If there was no cost to strewing U.S. personnel around the world and threatening war against potentially hostile powers, there would be little complaint with Washington’s policy. Alas, military spending is the price of America’s foreign policy. Most of the Pentagon’s efforts are devoted to protecting other nations rather than the U.S.

U.S.-South Korea Alliance Treats Pentagon as Department of Foreign Welfare

The reason Washington accounts for more than 40 percent of the globe’s military spending is that Americans must pay an exorbitant price to project power far from the U.S. even when they have no vital interests at stake. But South Korea, like Japan and Europe, likes having American taxpayers pick up a big chunk of its defense tab.

Bandow: Pyongyang Remembers Libya

It never was likely that North Korea would yield up its nuclear weapons. But the Obama administration’s Libyan misadventure makes that prospect even less likely.

A Proposal for Tough U.S. - China Cooperation On North Korea

Official Beijing’s unhappiness with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is evident, though China continues to bankroll the Kim Jong-un regime. It’s a position some Chinese would like to change, including a scholar in Shenyang, just a couple hours away from the North Korea - China border.

U.S. Should Say No When North Korea Comes Begging

Pyongyang has tended to take the money and ignore its promises to behave better. In fact, in early 2012 the North almost immediately violated a new agreement negotiated by Obama trading aid for nuclear restraint with a new rocket launch. Today the Kim regime is unlikely to abandon its core interests—preserving domestic power and international security—for a little extra food.

Address North Korea by Listening to China

Successive U.S. Presidents have sought China’s aid to restrain North Korea, but have failed to listen to Beijing while lobbying Chinese officials for their support.  If Washington hopes to win backing from the People’s Republic of China, American policymakers must respond to the China’s recommendations and concerns.

Communists Win The Day

Erick Erickson, Red State

After a week of libs bellyaching about the US “torturing” terrorists, we have bowed to the terrorists of N. Korea and bailed out the Cuban regime that jails gays, Christians, & dissidents and engages in physical torture. The leftist outrage is more about hating the U.S. than hating human rights abuses.

U.S. Should Defend South Korea by Letting it Develop Nuclear Weapons

In Northeast Asia, nonproliferation has become the international equivalent of gun control:  only the bad guys have guns.  Russia, China, and North Korea all are nuclear powers, why not let South Korea take responsibility for its own defense?

Japan Moves Closer to Defending Itself like a Normal Country

For almost seven decades the U.S. has played the dominant role in protecting Japan.  The justification for doing so is long over.

Uh Oh: The North Koreans are Mad and Won’t Take it Any More!

The North Koreans are threatening "a decisive and merciless countermeasure" because America has unleashed its most fearsome weapon on them: comedy Hollywood-style.

Huckabee: Americans in Line for TSA Less Free than N. Koreans

Dan Riehl, Breitbart

Perhaps demonstrating how little he actually has to say to more Libertarian would be GOP 2016 voters, Mike Huckabee over-stepped in reaching out to them with a reference to the U.S. as N. Korea and the comment was quickly tossed back in his face thanks to social media.

North Korea: Dealing with a Human Rights Scourge and Security Threat

There never has been any question about the extraordinary nature of North Korea's tyranny.  But the United Nations just released its own gruesome analysis.

Entrepreneurship, North Korea Style: Making a Blood Purge Pay

National security and foreign affairs commentator Doug Bandow riffs on the turmoil in North Korea, while making the serious point that no one is sure what to make of the execution of young leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle and one-time mentor Jang Song-taek.

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.

Jaw-Jaw Versus War-War: Negotiating a Way Out of the North Korea Impasse

Today Washington policymakers are fixated on negotiations with Iran. While the ultimate success of negotiations remain in doubt, a more stable peace at least appears possible. Not so on the Korean peninsula. 

The Administration’s Bad Case for a Bad War in Syria

War is not just another policy option.  The American people and their representatives need to insist that Washington’s chief responsibility is to defend America.  Whatever the state of the Assad regime’s chemical weapons, the U.S. should stay out of Syria’s tragic civil war.