Tag: denuclearization

A Tale of Three Nukes


Maps of Ukraine, Libya, North KoreaI recently urged “Don’t Say You Want a Revolution,” reviewing the sad and terrible consequences of American presidents talking up “regime change” or “revolution” in other countries. As the people of 1956 Hungary and 1991 Iraq discovered, the United States does not back up such talk with our own blood and treasure, even when local people put their own fortunes, sacred honor, and lives on the line. Now let us shift perspective, from the people to the governing elite.

What lessons should Kim Jong-Un draw from recent history? Does U.S. policy, as it has actually played out, cut against North Korean denuclearization? What of the Khomeinist regime in Iran? Consider Libya and Ukraine as cautionary tales for other governments considering what to do with their own weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs.

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was only very technically not “targeted” by a bomb dropped on one of his residences on orders from President Reagan. Gaddafi was briefly chastened and then proceeded to develop both chemical and nuclear weapons programs. These programs were the subject of much international posturing by so-called arms control agencies and various governments. Then President George W. Bush sent the full might of the United States military crashing down on Saddam Hussein, on the claim that he had been defying arms control programs and had some really bad weapons of mass destruction. Gaddafi suddenly became entirely compliant and opened Libya to arms control inspectors:

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Winning the Information Campaign in Singapore


The White House communications team was on offense in Singapore. They rolled out Secretary of State Pompeo, and then posted a short statement, suggesting something significant was happening, in the hours leading up to the two leaders’ meeting. As it turned out, something significant did happen.

Sarah Sanders introducing Secretary Pompeo to the press corps in Singapore. The White House team posted that on their YouTube channel promptly. Secretary Pompeo was helping set the conditions for the two leaders to meet, communicating encouragement and confidence in the two nations’ teams, while maintaining President Trump’s goals.

In this AEI Events Podcast, CIA Director Mike Pompeo joins AEI’s Marc Thiessen to discuss the Trump administration’s response to the most pressing national security challenges of the previous year. The North Korean nuclear and missile programs now threaten not only the region but also the US mainland. China, Russia, and other revisionist powers are working to shape global events and landscapes to conform to their interests, to the detriment of those of the United States. And the terror threat from groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda remains potent throughout the world. In this global threat environment, America’s intelligence community is working hard to ensure the homeland remains safe.

Danielle Pletka gives an introduction (1:04); CIA Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks (3:03); Marc Thiessen continues the conversation with Pompeo (15:28); Q&A with the audience (47:17).

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for March 13, 2018, number 166! it’s the YoungUns edition of the show with your YoungUns hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week, heavens to murgatroyd he’s done it again! We discuss Donald Trump’s stunning decision to meet with Kim Jong Un of North Korea before May, following communication with South Korean diplomats who have suggested that Kim *might* be willing to surrender his nuclear weapons. It is obviously too early to tell if anything here will pan out, but the great uproar following the announcement is just what we have come to expect here in the age of Trump. Surprisingly, many of the mainstream media – including CNN – have greeted this announcement with something resembling approval…or at least hope. Just about everyone has had the common decency to wish Trump and the Administration well in his negotiations. The only vocal, unbending and completely unhinged responses that we have seen come from two of the usual suspects, namely Rachel Maddow and Jennifer Rubin. Maddow, of course, is paid to be a nutcase. Rubin is evidently paid in spite of it.

Then we will discuss the upcoming high school “walkout” protests this Wednesday (3/14). Todd is far more peeved by this than Mike is. The main question is whether the protests are being wholesale appropriated by the anti-NRA lobby or whether there is anti-NRA sentiment being folded into the protests but that they are subsidiary to a general desire to talk about the issues from all sides. This will obviously depend on where you are from. We will see.