Howard LaFranchi, CSM: Why Tillerson’s tough talk on N. Korea was likely a message to China
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement in South Korea Friday that military action against an increasingly threatening North Korea is “on the table” was rattling – and perhaps that was the intent.
With Mr. Tillerson set for talks in Beijing Saturday, the point of raising the prospect of using force to address the North’s advancing nuclear threat may have been as much to send a signal to the region as anything else.
That message – that the new US administration intends to be more aggressive and won’t just stand by as Pyongyang advances its nuclear weaponry – was intended perhaps as much as a discussion opener with Chinese officials, some regional experts say, as it was to put the North on notice.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 18, 2017
North Korea is getting close to the red line -- George Friedman, RiskHedge
Is North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un rational? -- Stephen Evans, BBC
How China could stop a US strike on North Korea — without starting World War III -- Alex Lockie, Business Insider
The US is considering 'all options' to stop North Korea — but here's how it will probably go down -- Alex Lockie, Business Insider
In Syria: Six Years of War -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic
Syria Is Not Lost Yet -- Dr Neil Quilliam, Chatham House
Has Iran's success in Syria made it an arena for longer-term conflict? -- Nicholas Blanford, CSM
Objective: Raqqa -- Fritz Lodge, Cipher Brief
Greece's Debt Crisis Could Still Bring Down Europe -- Yiannis Baboulias, WP Review
Broken Europe is down but not out -- Timothy Garton Ash, Financial Times
The Road to a Free Europe Goes Through Moscow: The Kremlin wants to destroy the trans-Atlantic alliance. Does Trump want to save it? -- James Kirchick, Politico
Donald Trump and Angela Merkel make nice - sort of -- Michael Knigge, DW
White House-GCHQ row reveals a leader willing to alienate allies to save face -- Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian
America Is Turning Puerto Rico Into Greece -- Ryan Cooper, The Week
Are we winning or losing the war with ISIS? -- Joel C. Rosenberg, FOX News