William Lind: China’s fateful decision about North Korea

A poster depicting North Korea's military power is displayed in the communist state and released by North Korea Central News Agency, 31 January 2003.

Summary: William Lind gives a brilliant analysis of the situation in East Asia -- North Korea's provocations, China's fateful choices, and the response of our allies if they choose unwisely. Trump's visit to Asia provides an opportunity for him to display Bismarck-level geopolitics.   "The North Korean Threat to China" By William S. Lind. From … Continue reading William Lind: China’s fateful decision about North Korea

What are the big questions that 2014 might answer?

Summary:  December brings forth a crop of retrospective analysis about the past year and confident forecasts about the next. The FM website has posted almost daily doses of the former, and I lack the confidence to do the latter. Instead let's ask about questions. What issues might dominate 2014, and influence the years beyond? Finding … Continue reading What are the big questions that 2014 might answer?

Someone call Nixon’s plumbers. We need them again.

Summary: Marcus Ranum looks to our past -- the government's history of surveillance -- to see the future which the government's vast surveillance machinery makes possible, and perhaps will help bring into being. Article deleted at author's request.   Some of the latest revelations about NSA cyber-surveillance - and cyber-war "The Secret War", Wired, 12 … Continue reading Someone call Nixon’s plumbers. We need them again.