Trouble in Paradise: The Militarization of Jeju Island 

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – The South Korean government has been campaigning to have its southern island of Jeju recognized as one of the seven new wonders of nature. A favorite honeymoon spot in Asia and an official "island of peace," Jeju already boasts several UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites. There’s an extinct volcano at … Continue reading “Trouble in Paradise: The Militarization of Jeju Island “

Al-Qaeda Lost the Battle Long Ago

Osama bin Laden didn’t live to see the 10th anniversary of 9/11. And his organization, according to many U.S. government insiders, is on its last legs since his death at the hands of U.S. Special Forces in May. “We’re within reach of strategically defeating al-Qaeda,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently observed. Others disagree, pointing to … Continue reading “Al-Qaeda Lost the Battle Long Ago”

Tea Party at the Pentagon?

It’s a cold morning in January 2011. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wake up early to put on their Revolutionary War costumes. They’re joined by a miscellaneous group of anti-government protesters, libertarian activists, and all-around hotheads. With their supporters in tow, the tea party movement’s Adam and Eve drive to the Pentagon and … Continue reading “Tea Party at the Pentagon?”

Playing the Hawk With North Korea

SEOUL – If the Obama administration needed a rogue nation to demonstrate its foreign policy resolve, central casting couldn’t have supplied a better candidate than North Korea. The government in Pyongyang routinely promises to unleash destruction of biblical proportions on its enemies. It has pulled out of international agreements, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty … Continue reading “Playing the Hawk With North Korea”