Korean chess

“It’s important to stand behind our South Korean allies. But if we pay heed to the lessons of history talking to North Korea will be fruitless[.]” – John Bolton, National Security Advisor of the United States The subject of “historic” talks between North and South Korea, supposedly brokered by the U.S, and triggered with the appointment of John Bolton, are dominating real news headlines. Based on the current geopolitical landscape, this development, which some conservative pundits claim has brought Trump into consideration for the Nobel peace prize, is actually nothing…

Prelude to war?

How did we get into this situation? Chinese and Russian troops are amassing on the North Korean border. The U.S. has three carrier groups steaming into the area between Japan, Korea, and China. The first time such a display of force has been amassed in that region since the Second World War. Russian bombers are testing our air defense systems over Alaska. The machinations of previous proxy wars have matured and the entire region is now a potential tinderbox.  Regime change is in the air, but at what cost? What…

Movie Theaters Bow to Terrorists

  Remember a movie from the creators of South Park called Team America: World Police? Its main villain was the cartoonish dictator Kim Jong-Il. It may have created a little stir in North Korea, but theaters fearlessly screened it, and it ultimately grossed $50 million worldwide. Perhaps it helped that the cast was entirely comprised of marionettes. Flash-forward ten years. North Korea is run by the equally cartoonish, equally despotic Kim Jong-Un. Now there is a movie called The Interview opening on Christmas Day, and it’s about a talk-show host and…