Has the United States sent its Special Forces or drones into or over the territory of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea? Or, worse, has the United States prohibited Dennis Rodman from celebrating any more of Kim Jong-Un's birthdays in North Korea? No, "it" is much worse than that.
A new controversy at the Department of Defense has raised troubling questions about competency, perhaps even national security.
While the shouting but, notably, not shooting continues in the Ukraine crisis, and the Middle East peace process collapses, President Barack Obama is in the middle of his four-nation Asia-Pacific tour. How's it going, amidst very predictable distractions from Russia and Israel? Fair to middling.
Previously, the men in North Korea had been able to choose from 10 different --but still pretty similar -- state-sanctioned hairstyles (women, lucky them, were given 18 to choose from).
Something amazing occurred in Geneva today. For the first time in the history of North Korea's three-generation totalitarian rule, a U.N. body acknowledged the regime's massive abuses and invoked U.N. members' obligations to address them.
A major flaw in the approach the United States has taken toward North Korea is the "all-or-nothing" attitude. Either North Korea agrees at the beginning that it will give up its entire nuclear program or all bets are off.
The ILLITERACY is the state of mind occupied by all the people in this country who are either functionally or de facto illiterate. Sure there are tho...
This week bore witness to a variety of global crises, some brewing, others resolved. Even so, their urgency was punctuated by heavy-hitting players and high-friction plays.
Early last year, I was being interviewed regarding my book on Kim Jong Il. At one point, the host referred to Kim Jong Il as a "campy" figure. "That's a very unfortunate choice of words," I told her. Her mortification was immediate and apparent.
Ironically, the exaggeration of Jang Seong-taek's power and influence by the foreign media might have been a contributing factor in his downfall.
Dennis Rodman's sycophantic behavior toward and glowing testimonials for Korean dictator Kim Jong Un likely combine narrow self-interest with willful ...
While making Secret State of North Korea for the investigative journalism series FRONTLINE, we found a group of defectors who are risking their lives once again to fight back against the regime of Kim Jong-un.
North Korea is a great human tragedy. And we should hope that the next informal ambassador to the DPRK is someone less prone to inane outbursts. Nevertheless, Dennis Rodman is better than nothing.
Rodman may have egotistical fantasies of winning another gold ring with a "magical basketball hoops" replay of "Ping-Pong Diplomacy," but his visits will not result in any positive diplomatic breakthroughs.
America embraced big-stick diplomacy under President Roosevelt, dollar diplomacy under Taft and shuttle diplomacy under Nixon. Now, it's time for America to introduce a new tactic for a specific region of the world: "basketball diplomacy."
2. Healthcare.gov. The part this poorly-designed site played--or failed to play for that matter--in the introduction of Obamacare was damn-near disastrous. We live in a world where babies know how to use iPads. Figure it out, America.