The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday formally requested authorization to investigate the U.S. military and CIA for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.
This month, President Trump threatened China with the prospect of a remilitarized Japan if Beijing did not do more to push North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programs. Calling Japan a "warrior nation," Trump noted in an interview that he had warned China "you're going to have yourself a big problem with Japan pretty soon if you allow this to continue with North Korea."
Monday's announcement that the United States would label North Korea a "state sponsor of terrorism" may see a heated response from Pyongyang. For months, President Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un have been trading insults and threats, raising concerns about an open military confrontation to halt Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs.
Last week, in honor of Veterans Day, the Monkey Cage ran several military-themed posts, including a survey of how those in uniform view President Trump, research on how many veterans serve in Congress (and why that matters), and the current standing (and ongoing expansion) of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).