America's greatest tool to force change is not sanctions, but economic engagement
Washington would neither have to foot nearly as much of the bill nor commit as many soldiers as it did in Iraq, but there are other aspects of a military engagement that must be considered: What happens if the North falls but the war turns asymmetric?
The international hacker organization Anonymous perpetuated possibly its most foolhardy act yesterday when it hacked into and took over North Korea's Flickr and Twitter accounts.
Tensions are high on the Korean Peninsula but is anything taking place there really new? That answer is obvious. Nothing taking place between the two Koreas is new. Hopefully, the culturally accepted principle of tolerance on the Peninsula goes unchanged as well.
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.