Jessica Mathews: why scuttling the Iran deal is MAD

ranian poster of the Great Satan and the Ayatollah

Summary: Trump apparently intends to scuttle the nuclear arms control deal with Iran. Here an expert explains that the reasons he gives are wrong and that the consequences will be ugly for both us and for them. For more information see the previous posts in this series, listed at the end. Iranian students with pictures … Continue reading Jessica Mathews: why scuttling the Iran deal is MAD

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

Who is Afraid of the Iranian Bomb? Not Israel.

Summary: Team Trump plans to increase tensions with Iran (as with Russia and many other nations). Our news media tell us only what the hawks want us to know. Here Israel's most famous peace activist tells us the rest of the story -- giving us a perspective on Israel's geopolitical situation and strategy that is … Continue reading Who is Afraid of the Iranian Bomb? Not Israel.

Cut through the propaganda about North Korea

North Korea missile launch - Sky News

Summary: North Korea's latest missile test has Washington in a frenzy. Let's review the facts, debunk the myths, and look at an alternative to sabre-rattling our way to a nuclear war. (1)  "Pyongyang Fires a Second Missile Over Japan" Excerpt from Stratfor, 15 September 2017. North  Korea shows no signs of stopping or even slowing down … Continue reading Cut through the propaganda about North Korea

Fix “the button” so that a president can’t wreck the world

Donald Trump's nuclear proliferation policy

Summary: The President of America is the most powerful man in the world, with no restraint on his (or her) ability to nuke cities or even start a nuclear war. We have come close to doing so in the past, and might not be so lucky in the future. Limiting this discretionary power is an obvious … Continue reading Fix “the button” so that a president can’t wreck the world