April 14, 2013
Re "Getting Kim Jong Un's attention," Opinion, April 11 However couched in "let's not reward Pyongyang for bad behavior" terms, that is precisely what Mike Mochizuki and Michael O'Hanlon advocate. They make the tired recommendation of putting pressure on North Korea for internal reform. The Kim regime knows it would not survive any internal reform. Pyongyang will always resort to military brinkmanship to blackmail everyone else into caving in, and the stakes will only grow as its nuclear and missile technologies advance.
April 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific reassured Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. military could intercept any missile launched by North Korea and aimed at America's territory or its East Asian allies. Adm. Samuel Locklear's briefing to senators came amid growing concern that North Korea is about to test a missile - some observers suggest as early as Wednesday - after weeks of bellicose threats. "We have a credible ability to defend the homeland, to defend Hawaii, to defend Guam, to defend our forward deployed forces and to defend our allies," Locklear told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
April 5, 2013 |
The Obama administration is reacting responsibly to a series of provocations from North Korea, shoring up defenses while seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis. But even if North Korea is deterred from attacking South Korea or U.S. forces for the foreseeable future, the defiance it has demonstrated in the last several weeks renders more elusive than ever achievement of the administration's ultimate goal: a Korean peninsula without nuclear weapons. Last month the U.N. Security Council - including China, North Korea's longtime patron - approved new economic sanctions after North Korea conducted a third nuclear test.
April 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Wednesday that it was sending a mobile missile defense system to Guam as a "precautionary move," as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said North Korea posed a "real and clear danger" to the U.S. military base on the western Pacific island, as well as to allies and other U.S. territory. North Korea has named Guam and Hawaii as potential targets in bellicose statements in recent weeks, which have increased tension on the Korean peninsula and prompted a series of U.S. military moves aimed at beefing up the American presence in the region and reassuring allies that the United States will come to their aid in the event of an attack.
April 2, 2013
Re "What would Reagan do?," Opinion, March 28 Graham Allison asserts that after spending $150 billion over 30 years on missile defense, the objection that destroying a missile with another missile is impossible has been largely overcome. But later, he writes, "In reality, current U.S. missile defense systems are capable only of defending against a limited number of primitive ballistic missiles. " Do intelligent people really believe that missile defense system development can stay ahead of offensive threat development?
April 2, 2013
Re "Iran appears the victor in postwar Iraq ," March 29 In 1991, the first President Bush, a decorated World War II combat veteran, was content to simply drive Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait. Iraq was left militarily capable of opposing its longtime nemesis, Iran. A decade later, the second President Bush, who had avoided military service outside the U.S. during the Vietnam War, justified his full-scale invasion of Iraq using false pretenses, toppling the ruling regime.