Kristin Christman: Kim Jong Un’s current interest in nuclear weapons has unclear purposes: To wage aggressive war? To ward off U.S. aggression? To raise his self-image? Or to use as a bargaining chip for aid?
Lawrence Wittner: Indeed, when it comes to nuclear weapons policy, escalating U.S. threats seem to have confirmed the North Korean government’s fears of U.S. military attack and, thus, bolstered its determination to enhance its nuclear capabilities.
Kevin B. Anderson: A new stage of imperialist degeneracy, itself rooted in the political and economic crisis of U.S. capitalism, lies behind Trump’s threat of nuclear genocide against North Korea and his moves toward war with Iran.
Robert Koehler: Only beyond the context of war are there any options at all. Only beyond the context of war does humanity have any hope of avoiding suicide.
Winslow Myers: Even if someone more sophisticated and seasoned occupied the White House, the provocations of North Korea cry out for redefinition. With nuclear weapons, we humans have created a monster that rhetorical escalation cannot control: a game of chicken with nukes is a game without winners.
John LaForge: US military officials have called North Korea’s tiny, backward, nearly failed state the “principle threat” to the US security. North Korea may have reason to worry.
William J. Astore: A man of Trump’s vanity and impetuosity — a man of raging grievances who lives in his own reality of alternative facts — is hardly a reassuring figure to have at the top of America’s “fire and fury” nuclear arsenal.
e now face a serious risk with North Korea’s acquisition of both nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking US territory. As the commander of US forces in South Korea recently said, only self-restraint now prevents a nuclear war. When we are dealing with Kim Jong-Un on one side and Donald Trump on […]
David Krieger: The US and the other eight nuclear-armed countries are quick to point fingers at North Korea, but slow to recognize their own role in fanning the flames of nuclear catastrophe.
Larry Wines: Seems some in the West (according to the Wolf Man, Wolf Blitzer) are interpreting Kim Jung Un’s new “extreme flattop” as a form of saber-rattling.
North Korea Abuses Human Rights: The almost 65-year U.S.-led effort to isolate this regime has failed. Let’s try alternatives.
Johnny Townsend: We’re riveted to our televisions when we see a schoolroom full of children shot to death. We cry and bemoan the sad state of the world. But then we go about our business and don’t do anything to prevent the next horrific tragedy.
John MacMurray: IThe picture so far shows Grover Norquist to be not much more than a well-dressed street thug. One of those people Garrison Keillor describes as “brownshirts in pin stripes.”