Korea

Marines on Okinawa: Time to Leave?

TOKYO – More than six decades after U.S. Marines stormed ashore on Okinawa, it may finally be time for them to go home. Japan Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Friday fired his defense minister, in part for missteps and verbal …

Wipe That Smile Off Your Face, Kim Jong Un…

He’s wearing a $3.5 billion grin because of this contract the Pentagon announced New Year’s Eve eve (click on it to enlarge):




But enough real-world woes. May all Battlelanders have a joyous New Year’s celebration…even if many of you tend to focus more on fiscal new years than the calendar variety, and FYDPs instead of …

The Medal of Honor: 150 Years of Valor

In 1861, Iowa Senator James Grimes proposed a medal to honor the bravery of Navy personnel, which Abraham Lincoln signed into law 150 years ago today, Dec. 21, 1861. That following summer, Lincoln signed authorization for an Army …

Pyongyang’s Proliferation

Kim Jong Il’s death leaves the Korean peninsula and the rest of East Asia in a period of great uncertainty. But one of Kim Jong Il’s most dangerous legacies has security implications well beyond the region: he leaves behind a thriving nuclear weapons export business that must now be stopped.

There has been mounting evidence in …

Here’s Looking At You, Kim

In a not-so-subtle full battle-rattle feather-flash toward North Korea, a flock of U.S. F-16s readies for war in full nose-to-tail “elephant walk” mode at South Korea’s Kusan air base. “What we’ve done today is essentially …

Live, From Pyongyang: Good Morning, Beijing!

North Korea’s official propaganda arm will begin broadcasting its positive messages of peace and harmony (except where the U.S. is concerned, of course – check this out) in Chinese December 1. “It will contribute to boosting traditional friendship between the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] and China,” the …

Missile Defense: The Sky Continues To Fall…

Many mornings you can hear Boeing boasting over the Washington airwaves about how its ground-based missile system is protecting the United States. From what? There is no nation primed to attack the U.S. with I.C.B.M.s — or even close to it — in any military significant way. Yet we’re spending billions of dollars annually against …

About Those Status-of-Forces Agreements

The U.S. military says it had no choice but to pull out of Iraq by year’s end because Baghdad would not give U.S. troops immunity from local prosecution. U.S. troops overseas almost always are covered by a so-called Status-of-Forces Agreement, which bars local prosecution in favor of giving jurisdiction to the U.S. military and its …

And You Thought Reuniting East and West Germany Was Hard

South Korea is buzzing about plans — including taxes — to pay for the reunification of North and South Korea. Reports the Korea Times:

Despite the lingering tension, President Lee Myung-bak cited the need to map out a blueprint and use taxpayers’ money to prepare for the unification. “It is necessary to use the taxpayers’

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