Archive for the ‘North Korea’ Category

The Washington Times and the Washington Post both report on Russian ‘compliance issues,’ regarding the 1991 version of START, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and the international convention banning biological weapons.

Compliance issues is of course code for both purposeful cheating and inadvertent non-compliance.

Are these compliance issues serious?  Well, the headline in the Post says this could sink new START.

I expect the script from the arms control industry to be something like  “I’m shocked, shocked to find that non-compliance is being accused of the Russians!  People need to get out of their Cold War mentality.  These are minor and easily explained issues.”

Hmm.  Didn’t we just catch, trade, and release a dozen Russian spies?

At what point is non-compliance considered cheating and based on outcomes, how much more serious is the later?

The way ahead for new START should be to perform due diligence, and to have full understanding and knowledge of the capabilities, limitations, and vulnerabilities associated with the treaty.  As it is, the tension in the political theater includes the significant treaty issues both of pace and content.

The Times article goes w-a-y further into nuclear proliferation issues regarding North Korea, Iran, Syria, China, Russia, and Myanmar AKA Burma.

Anti-nuclear proliferation versus arms control appears to be where the real security issue–right now–most seriously lies.


Fidel Castro, once Cuba’s chief judge, jury, and executioner, made an appearance on Cuban television.

Was it real or was it avatarded?  It was real, but does it matter?

Castro pontificated on the middle east, nuclear war, and the United States. His intent was likely to show that he’s not dead yet and to support his fellow travelers in Iran and North Korea.

Where’s the International Criminal Court when you need it?  Probably out writing parking tickets or eating donuts.

When the UN Security council can’t even bring itself to condemn North Korea for murdering 46 South Korean sailors, that’s sad and pathetic.

Or, as the New York Times puts it, “absurdly, dangerously lame.”

So should the United States put its trust and faith in the efficacy of the UN to enhance the world’s security?  In a word, no.

The Telegraph says that President Nixon planned a nuclear strike on North Korea in 1969.

Big deal.  The United States has planned for nuclear war with our adversaries since 1945…and I am willing to bet we still do.

Many people plan to lose weight, write a will, exercise regularly, and quit smoking.  Often there are disconnects between planning and doing sometimes for good reasons but often not.

If the axiom failing to plan is planning to fail holds true, Nixon’s planning was reasonable and prudent.

From the China Post:

The U.S. action was swift following confirmation of a North Korean ship with suspicious arms cargoes docking in Burma last month in violation of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874.


Washington wanted to send a strong signal to Burma and the rest of ASEAN that unless something was done about Burma’s compliance with the relevant U.N. resolutions on North Korean sanctions, there would be dire consequences.


This week, a special report on a huge new body of information (on Burma’s nuclear efforts), with expert comment from a former official working for the International Atomic Energy Agency, will be released.

Stuff in parens added for clarity.

A hollow ‘reset’ with Russia

China: How Dare You Call Us On Nuclear Modernization

Korean War?

Nuclear Consensus an Almost Impossible Task

DoD’s DADT Study Overcome By Legislative Deal?