The clock may be running out on Israel’s patience with Iran’s nuclear program, which the Jewish state sees – quite reasonably – as an existential threat:
Israeli leaders on Thursday delivered one of the bluntest warnings to date of possible airstrikes against Iranian nuclear sites, adding to the anxiety in Western capitals that a [...]
From English language version of the (subscription only) Kyodo News:
North Korea has criticized South Korean President Lee Myung Bak for obstructing what Pyongyang says ”highest military contact” with the United States.
”It is again traitor Lee that is obstructing by hook or by crook the DPRK-U.S. highest military contact which the former has [...]
The editors of the WSJ opine that, the next time the Navy gets in a fight, the decisions made by our president and his secretary of defense seem designed to ensure it is a fair one:
A ship can only be in one place at one time. So numbers do matter if the Navy [...]
Reactions have been swift to the successful rescue of hostages by Seal Team 6 in Somalia:
Pirates moved an American hostage at least three times in 24 hours and threatened Thursday to kill him after US Navy SEALs rescued an American and a Dane in a bold, dark-of-night raid that raises questions about whether [...]
Twenty-two years after the Philippine Senate kicked the US military out of the archipelago, the notion of being friends and allies holds new currency:
Two decades after evicting U.S. forces from their biggest base in the Pacific, the Philippines is in talks with the Obama administration about expanding the American military presence in the [...]
Abe Lincoln sailed through the Strait of Hormuz Sunday and absolutely nothing happened:
Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost said the USS Abraham Lincoln entered the Gulf on Sunday without incident to conduct scheduled maritime security operations. Derrick-Frost is a spokeswoman for the Navy’s 5th Fleet, based in the Gulf state of Bahrain.
U.S. warships frequently operate [...]
Things in Pakistan – the sole Islamic state armed with nuclear weapons – could be getting very interesting:
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani fired his defense secretary, a retired general and confidant of Pakistan’s army chief, on Wednesday as the civilian government appeared headed for a collision with the country’s powerful military leadership.
North Korea’s new leadership has set some lofty New Year’s resolutions:
North Korea on Sunday vowed an “all-out drive” toward economic prosperity, setting a vision for a nation with fewer food shortages, a stronger military and a people who defend their new supreme leader with their lives.
“The whole Party, the entire army and [...]
Writing in the WSJ, Iain Murray and James C. Bennett see an opportunity for NAFTA to serve as a lifeline to Britain:
The European Economic Community (EEC) for which the British signed up in a 1975 referendum—a community of free trade and cooperation, not supranational bureaucracy—is long gone. Worse, even today’s less-palatable EU will [...]
Iran threatens to create one:
A senior Iranian official on Tuesday delivered a sharp threat in response to economic sanctions being readied by the United States, saying his country would retaliate against any crackdown by blocking all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for transporting about one-fifth of the world’s [...]