Tyler Rogoway, Drive: It's Far Too Soon For The Military Option When It Comes To North Korea
As war drums grow louder, the US and its allies are encircling North Korea with military might. Meanwhile, the White House is about to brief the US Senate as to its plans.
The potential for a real showdown between the United States and North Korea seems to be manifesting itself via grand displays of force on and around the Korean Peninsula. The US is very publicly loading additional firepower into the region, and North Korea doesn't seem ready to tamp down on their own form of high-profile militarism—nor on their rhetoric towards the US and its allies in the region.
After what seemed to be an embarrassing false start, the White House is in the process of laying the groundwork for something big regarding America's dealings with Pyongyang. This could amount to anything from garnering support for a large shift in policy towards the reclusive military state, to a preemptive strike aimed at taking out the Kim regime's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. But whatever it is, it is supposedly going to be presented in what will be an unprecedented style of briefing for the entire US Senate at the White House on Wednesday.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 26, 2017
As North Korea Speeds Its Nuclear Program, U.S. Fears Time Will Run Out -- David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, NYT
Thunder Run to Seoul: Assessing North Korea’s War Plan -- Raymond Farrell, RCD/Modern War Institute
Podcast: What North Korea wants -- Reuters
McCain wants a European-style US military buildup in Asia -- Travis J. Tritten, Washington Examiner
Trump’s Middle East -- Blake Franko, National Interest
The Iran Nuclear Deal: Worse Than We Imagined -- Michael Ruben, Commentary
Attack on Afghan base a reminder: Taliban pose the greater threat -- Scott Peterson, CSM
Is Philippines offering Beijing an olive branch over South China Sea? -- Kristin Huang, South China Morning Post
U.S. Actions in the South China Sea Violate International Law? -- Mark J. Valencia, The Diplomat
Russian Polls Do Mean Something After All -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Americans Are Not Ready to Go to War for Ukraine -- Christopher A. Preble, National Interest
Europe Sticks With Socialism -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
How Venezuela’s Revolutionary Dream Descended Into Chaos -- Ryan Brading, RCW
At 100 Days, Trump's No Russian Stooge or Fascist -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg
Donald Trump's Unintelligible Presidency -- Amy Davidson, The New Yorker