In discussing the threat posed by North Korea and its rush to perfect an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), President Trump offered a reassuring image: a missile defense so robust that a single interceptor had a 97-percent success rate – and two interceptors would assuredly knock the ICBM out of the sky.
Col. J. Patrick Work told the kind of war story this week that we all love to hear. Work, who commands the 82nd Airborne's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, has been home for less than a month after a deployment in which he and his soldiers helped the Iraqi military drive Islamic State forces from Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.
Those born in America in the 40’s may recall “Duck and Cover”—a public service announcement featuring an animated turtle named Bert who instructed American households on how to protect themselves in the event of a nuclear blast. While the effectiveness of this strategy has been called into question since the Cold War, the level of threat has not necessarily decreased in kind.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed in 2015 between the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, known as P5, plus Germany and Iran, significantly limited Iran's nuclear program. At the time, some were critical of President Barack Obama's diplomatic approach, rather than other coercive levers. Two years ago, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called for a "credible threat of military force" so that the Iranians would abandon their nuclear weapons capabilities.
A roadside bomb that killed an American soldier in Iraq earlier this month was of a particularly lethal design not seen in six years, and its reappearance on the battlefield suggests that U.S. troops could again be facing a threat that bedeviled them at the height of the insurgency here, U.S. military officials said.
In a rare pressure campaign, the Chinese government is demanding that the U.S. Congress back off passing new laws that would strengthen the U.S. relationship with Taiwan. Beijing's efforts are the latest sign that it is stepping up its campaign to exert political influence inside countries around the world, including the United States.