Nukes

A deactivated Titan II  nuclear missile in Green Valley, Arizona on May 12, 2015. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump and the Risks of Nuclear War

How command and control works when the military wakes up the president vs. when the president wakes up the military.

The band Spinal Tap in 1984. (Pete Cronin/Redferns)

Our Missile Defenses Go to 11

But that’s not nearly enough to safeguard us from North Korea’s nukes.

Iranians hold posters condemning the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia at the funeral of the victims of terror attacks on Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 9. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Rogue Iran Is a Global Threat

Donald Trump is right to put Tehran on notice. But the nuclear deal is just the tip of the iceberg.

North (top) and South (bottom) Korean border posts on Aug. 21, 2015. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

Seven Reasons Why Putting U.S. Nukes Back in South Korea Is a Terrible Idea

Here are seven reasons why the United States should not seek to deploy nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.

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Trump’s Top General Says Iran Honoring Nuke Deal

Dunford, the head of the Joint Chiefs, warns that unilaterally pulling out would anger allies and complicate the North Korea crisis.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks while meeting with President-elect Donald Trump (L) following a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to meet with members of the Republican leadership in Congress later today on Capitol Hill.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Myth of a ‘Better’ Iran Deal

The Obama administration didn’t botch negotiations with Tehran. And Trump isn’t going to be able to get something tougher.

South Korean soldiers stand guard at a guard post near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing two Koreas in the border city of Paju on August 11, 2017.
As nuclear-armed North Korea's missile stand-off with the US escalates, calls are mounting in the South for Seoul to build nuclear weapons of its own to defend itself -- which would complicate the situation even further. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Should Talk to North Korea

Trump needs to focus on reassuring U.S. allies, engage with North Korea, and stop doing Pyongyang favors.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries on the sidelines of the 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian Province on September 5, 2017.
Xi opened the annual summit of BRICS leaders that already has been upstaged by North Korea's latest nuclear weapons provocation. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / WU HONG        (Photo credit should read WU HONG/AFP/Getty Images)

A Nuclear Slap in China’s Face

Kim Jong Un has caused Xi Jinping to lose face. What will China do about it?

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Officers of the Korea Meteorological Administration watch TV news reporting on a possible nuclear test conducted by North Korea at the Korea Meteorological Administration center on September 3, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea, Japan and the U.S. detected an artificial earthquake from Kilju in the northern Hamgyong Province of North Korea. The Japanese government has confirmed they believe it was North Korea's sixth nuclear test.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

North Korean Nuclear Test Spites Both Washington and Beijing

The blast was deliberately timed as a slap in the face for Donald Trump — and perhaps for Xi Jinping too.

GOTEMBA, JAPAN - AUGUST 24:  A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Type 74 battle tank fires ammunition during a live-fire exercise at the foot of Mount Fuji in the Hataoka district of the East Fuji Maneuver Area  on August 24, 2017 in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan. The four-day annual live-fire drill takes place amid rising tensions between North Korean and United States.  (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Japan’s Empty Menu of Options to Stop North Korea

Hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to have few choices save strong words of condemnation for the Kim regime’s missile tests. But he’s working the long game.

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