Just Who Does Pose the Greater Threat in Korea?

The election of Donald Trump as US President has seen the ramping up of US rhetoric about North Korea. Trump recently demanded that China should use its influence with the North Koreans and if China did not intervene, then, according to an interview Trump gave to the UK Financial Times, the “US would act alone.” … Continue reading Just Who Does Pose the Greater Threat in Korea?

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Would China Strike North Korea?

China's military were reportedly put on high alert this week, with US officials saying that Beijing is preparing to respond to any potential situation in North Korea. The "extraordinary" mobilization of bomber aircraft was reportedly acknowledged by China's foreign ministry, giving no further details. The general assumption is that China is taking a defensive position in case the … Continue reading Would China Strike North Korea?

Trump Administration All at Sea: the Bizarre Voyage of the Carl Vinson

The US's game of deception about the movements of the Carl Vinson during the North Korean crisis has damaged the US's credibility and earned it deserved ridicule. The saga of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and its battle group serves as a good example of all that is wrong with the Trump administration’s conduct of … Continue reading Trump Administration All at Sea: the Bizarre Voyage of the Carl Vinson

Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran… Falsifying History is Uncle Sam’s Way to War

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the International Arctic Forum this week on the real and present dangers from falsifying history. He said such deliberate distortion of history erodes international law and order, creating chaos and leading to further conflict. The Russian leader deplored the use of history as an «ideological weapon» to demonize others, and he said … Continue reading Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran… Falsifying History is Uncle Sam’s Way to War

History Lesson awaits Trump if he Attacks North Korea

Korea specialist Professor Bruce Cumings notes North Korea became a national security fortress-state as a result of “the holocaust the North experienced during the Korean War”. After the ‘Communist’ label and racial epithets were applied to dehumanize the populace, the US essentially wiped North Korea off the map, with hundreds of thousands or (more likely) … Continue reading History Lesson awaits Trump if he Attacks North Korea

America, China and North Korea Show Off Military Hardware Near the Korean Peninsula

Is it the military-industrial complex version of The Apprentice or a march to war? War may or may not be approaching in North Korea, but what is a certainty is that the region has become a kind of military testing ground where the US, China and North Korea are each demonstrating their military capabilities for … Continue reading America, China and North Korea Show Off Military Hardware Near the Korean Peninsula

Trump Sends the World Muddled Messages

The Trump administration’s miscommunication about the whereabouts of a naval strike force that includes the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson underscores the emptiness of the administration’s tough-sounding but vague rhetoric about putting states “on notice” and ending eras of “patience.” The episode with the Vinson — which was sailing south for an exercise with the Australians … Continue reading Trump Sends the World Muddled Messages

War Cries Drown Out ‘America First’

“Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?” tweeted President Donald Trump on Easter Sunday. Earlier, after discovering “great chemistry” with Chinese President Xi Jinping over “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake” at Mar-a-Lago, Trump had confided, “I explained … that a trade … Continue reading War Cries Drown Out ‘America First’

FILE PHOTO: The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) © Woody Paschall / U.S. Navy photo

Russia Warns US Against ‘Syria-Style’ Actions in North Korea

Mike Pence’s statement on the US running out of “strategic patience” towards Pyongyang does not contribute to resolving the crisis, Sergey Lavrov said, voicing hopes there will be no repeat of the US strike on Syria in North Korea. “I hope that there won’t be any unilateral actions like we recently saw in Syria and … Continue reading Russia Warns US Against ‘Syria-Style’ Actions in North Korea