Now that North Korea has declared war on the United States it is time for an historical analysis of how we have arrived at this state of affairs.
Why exactly do we believe consider North Korea is deterred by the rational need to "feed their people, fuel their factories and fill their bank accounts" while a nuclear Iran could only be deterred militarily?
As the North Korean security crisis escalates and the nuclear threat to America mounts, the whole thing is beginning to look like a horror version of a Will Ferrell movie. I mean, what is Kim Jong-un thinking?
After more than 30 years of humanitarian aid operations in some of the world's most dangerous and/or autocratically-run places, I felt that it was at least worth a try to see what access an international NGO could have to people in need.
In case you were wondering which border is the world's most dangerous (Pakistan-India) or how to make a gun out of scrap metal, Vice on HBO is the show for you.
Don't look now, but a country with actual nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, as well as one of the world's largest militaries, is threatening not only one of America's closest allies but the U.S. itself. And it's not named Iran.
We can turn the darkness around us in the brightness of noon, as the Prophet Isaiah said, if we live out the core principles of compassion and peace that are shared by the world's great religions.
According to former basketball champion Dennis Rodman who recently visited Pyongyang, all Kim wants is for President Barack Obama to call him. Why? Apparently, he is more worried about a threat from China than he is from the U.S.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel struck the right themes in his first major address, delivered today at the National Defense University. The question now is whether he can follow through with new policies.
The United States and its allies face nuclear weapons challenges in both North Korea and Iran. And the outcome of the current Korean crisis may have a decisive impact on the resolution of the Iranian imbroglio.
It would be prudent for those who assert that Kim Jong-Un is merely spreading his military wings in a peacock-like manifestation of fancy to realize that that responding to his rhetorical and comical displays is counterproductive.
We know that 2/3 of North Korea's people are suffering from malnutrition. What if instead of allowing our military industrial complex to provoke a war or define an enemy, we decided to do something peaceful?
This is no cruel April Fools joke. One of the world's poorest and least developed countries announced on Sunday that it is determined to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal, "the nation's life," while simultaneously rebuilding its economy.
In the discussions about cyber threats that continue and expand daily, there is a tendency to lump together all types of threat regardless of where they fall on the spectrum.
Just as we overlooked the structural flaws in the Japanese economy during Japan's rapid rise, so too are we blind to limiting and deep-seated constraints in China that will prove to be inherent brakes on growth.