The Obama administration has engineered, with other nations, an agreement with Iran that would ease economic sanctions against that country in return for certain restrictions on its nuclear weapons program–for six months. Israel and Sunni Muslim nations disapprove. So does Charles Krauthammer, whose critique can be found after the jump. [Read more…]
In 1961, a B-52 came apart in the air over North Carolina. The hydrogen bomb it was carrying fell towards the earth, its systems acting like it had been dropped intentionally. Its parachute and its trigger mechanism deployed. There were four safeguards to prevent the bomb from exploding unintentionally. Three of them failed. One electrical switch, which could easily have shorted out, held, preventing the nuking of North Carolina.
We’ll probably never know all of the other close calls we’ve had, not just these big dramatic potential disasters as a nation, but also in our personal lives. Have any of you had any close calls that you’d like to tell us about?
A new strategy for national defense: hope the enemy’s weapons don’t work.
The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korea “has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles; however, the reliability will be low.”
North Korea said it “will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country.” Meanwhile, the UN unanimously passed new sanctions against the eccentric but nuclear-armed communist nation, with even China–which usually protects its client state by exercising vetoes–going along. The White House says not to worry, that we could shoot down a North Korean missile, if they have one that would reach us, which they supposedly don’t.
I know that North Korea is always blustering and threatening. But history has shown that it is unwise to dismiss what dictators and terrorists promise that they will do. Hitler laid out his plans quite early, but hardly anyone took him seriously, until he started carrying them out. It may take North Korea awhile to develop long-range missiles, but isn’t this evidence of what they intend to do with them? Can we afford to just laugh at the North Koreans? But can we do anything other than wait to see if they are serious? [Read more…]
Hugo Chavez, the Marxist anti-American president of Venezuela, has died of cancer. Meanwhile, nuclear-armed North Korea has said it will cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War, due to American sanctions and joint military exercises with South Korea. And Secretary of State John Kerry rattled his sabre at Iran, threatening military action if Iran acquires nuclear weapons and announcing that the U.S. will give non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels. [Read more…]
Still-Communist North Korea says that it will not only continue to develop its nuclear weapons program, but it will also develop long-range rockets and target its nuclear missiles at the United States. “Settling accounts with the US needs to be done with force, not with words,” the North Korean government says. [Read more…]