Three Missiles and a Pardon: Timing Is Everything

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. PHOTO CREDIT: Korean Central News Agency, via Reuters

While most pundits pursue the theory that Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio is a deviously-timed event under cover of a major hurricane, there is a another reason for the timing of his Executive action. Continue reading “Three Missiles and a Pardon: Timing Is Everything”


A Close Call in the Sea of Japan?

When the North Korean ICBM splashed down into the Sea of Japan on 28 July it wasn’t alone. A U.S. guided missile destroyer was sailing in the same waters, accompanied by two Japanese warships.

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A Nuclear Missile and A Muted Trump


The ICBM launched on 28 July by North Korea presents the most dangerous threat yet to the United States – and the president’s response was the most restrained, least belligerent ever. Check his Twitter feed. You won’t see the bellicose challenge. No demeaning taunts to DPRK’s Kim Jong-un. None of the strutting braggadocio.

At last, cooler heads have prevailed. Continue reading “A Nuclear Missile and A Muted Trump”

No More Psychic Numbness

Back when nuclear proliferation was rampant and nations detonated warheads across the globe, back during the Cuban Missile Crisis and later, the reactor meltdown in Chernobyl, back when anti-nuke groups were The Resistance, an American psychiatrist and prolific author named Robert Jay Lifton coined the phrase: “psychic numbness.”


The phrase signified a cognitive dissonance affecting children and adults of the nuclear era – an existential fear of death by nuclear annihilation and simultaneously, a heightened state of denial that let us live, laugh, work and play with a veneer of normalcy. Continue reading “No More Psychic Numbness”

Low Ranking State Rep Meets High Ranking Russian Official Over DPRK

On the morning of 4 April, North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan. As news broke of this provocative incident, it was easy to miss a single tweet from the innards of the U.S. State Department. After all, world media was focused on the cryptic response from the Secretary of State.

“North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea,” Tillerson said. “We have no further comment.”

Yet, as Tillerson was issuing his “No comment” response, an uncelebrated foreign policy expert was en route to Moscow to talk with “Russian officials” about North Korea. Continue reading “Low Ranking State Rep Meets High Ranking Russian Official Over DPRK”