You know me -- I love all of God's children. Unless of course, they're threatening to nuke my country -- to which, I take great offense.
The old guys in charge always make me so mad/
They say I'm too young and not tough like my Dad
If war were to break out, the presumed influx of refugees into Russia could create a humanitarian crisis and a burdensome price tag for the Kremlin -- just as it would for China. Russia is similarly vulnerable to any radiation that may blow from the peninsula on to Russian territory.
This was a workmanlike episode, Mad Men moving some plot elements further into place, another chapter in Matt Weiner's novel for television, with some deft direction from series star Jon Hamm.
Syria, North Korea, and Iran. Intractable, entrenched destructive conflicts like these typically reject out of hand strong-arm attempts pressing for peace and stability. Peace does sometimes emerge out of long-term conflicts, and one path is through the power of powerlessness.
The "Pivot to Asia" was a perfectly understandable exercise by the world's remaining superpower as it watched the dramatic growth of China. But for the fact that the exercise belonged to a bygone age.
Iran must know that until it rejects the false seductions of nuclear security, for us, all options but one must remain on the table. But Iranians should also be assured that we do not expect them to endure a nuclear double standard forever until the end of time.
Before you take your next steps to deal with the Korean situation reflect on Cold War history of American reaction to our perception of a powerful threat.
Had you been able to time-travel back to the Cold War era to inform Americans that, in the future, our major enemies would be in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Libya, and so on, they would surely have thought you mad (or lucky indeed).
If we act calmly and sensibly, we can easily defuse the current crisis. North Korea is looking for respect, not war. It's time to talk, to lower the heat, and to avoid a confrontation or the imposition of impossible or humiliating demands.
For now, the best course of action is minimalism. There's no need to keep announcing that North Korea's nuclear and missile tests are unacceptable: Kim knows this.
April 2, 2013 was a great day for those in favor of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.
An intelligent, rational, and balanced American president would realize -- even if he had only an introductory course in abnormal psychology -- that it is time to stop our military maneuvers in South Korea, now, immediately, and without equivocation.
Being the youngest of three brothers, Kim Jong-Un may have been driven by a need to distance himself from the identities of his very different older brothers and by gaining the favor of his father.
I wonder if the current crisis with North Korea might just end around the time that Exercise Foal Eagle does. That's this year's annual joint military exercise by the U.S. and South Korea, running from March 1 through April 30.
The last thing the Chinese want is either a greater American military or naval presence in Northeast Asia or refugee flows from a collapsing North Korean government. We want Beijing to urge the North to the table in the proper frame of mind, using influence only they have.