The general peace on the peninsula has more or less held since the 1950s. Still, while North Korea’s power has declined substantially relative to that of South Korea, the idea that Pyongyang might come to the conclusion that war could solve its problems still worries U.S. and South Korean planners.
If North Korea faced a situation in which it determined that war was the only solution, how might it seek to crush the ROK, and deter the United States and Japan?
Category: Robert Farley
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All you out there in academialand, I have a question. Does your institution reimburse for childcare costs associated with “normal” extra-curricular activities? I’m thinking of the need to hire a babysitter for a candidate dinner, or reception, or staff retreat, or other events that are part of the regular course of events during the semester? Please let me know in comments, or by e-mail (contact info in far right sidebar).
My latest at the Diplomat takes a look at Chinese “revisionism”:
Competition within a given system is still competition, and the United States should worry about increases in Chinese military capabilities. Similarly, states invested in the South and East China Sea disputes should view the growth of Chinese power and assertiveness with wariness. But we should also take care not to overstate the degree to which China is challenging the global international order. We have plenty of examples from the 20th century of what revisionist states really look like.
I also have a quote in Peter Ford’s article on the same subject.
With great power comes great responsibility. Consequently, it is with great sadness that I report that the LGM Tournament Challenge was, in fact, won by some asshole who picked Duke.
TNDevilFin13, a name which leaves open the grim possibility that “David” might not only be a Duke fan, but also hail from Tennessee, should feel free to contact me (e-mail address on the far right sidebar) with regard to prize information.
- The intelligence aspect of Operation Bolo. Speaking of which, I’m looking forward to reading the autobiography of Robin Olds, as soon as I get a chance…
- On the debate whether to kill Mohanad Mahmoud Al Farekh. Interesting that the Congressional input seems to have been of the “Kill more, faster” variety…
- Lessons of the Regia Marina…
- Peaceful nukes!
- The Missile Defense Agency is made of fail. Unsurprising given that the strategic logic animating the program is severely lacking.
- Trends in Air-to-Air Combat Report, alluded to in the BH conversation below…
Washington, there is nothing that in not awesome about this idea:
Washington State just received federal funds to study a totally unique toll bridge concept, one made out of decommissioned US Navy Super Carriers. The bridge would consist of two or three carriers and would link Bremerton and Port Orchard, Washington, spanning the Sinclair Inlet.
— Huntington Ingalls (@HIIndustries) April 10, 2015
If I still lived in the area, I’d drive over this bridge some large, even number of times per day. Let’s make it happen, Washington.
150 years ago today, Robert E. Lee surrendered what was left of the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, who had on hand the Army of the Potomac and the Army of the James. The arc of history bent a little more towards justice that afternoon.
I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.
But at the time, many in the United States worried that Saddam Hussein would order his army south, into Saudi Arabia. And in retrospect, giving the United States the time to mobilize a huge army in Saudi Arabia looks like something of a blunder. Would Saddam have had a better chance if he had gambled for higher stakes at the start, and ordered his forces to invade Saudi Arabia?