North Korea launched another ballistic missile over Japan today, defying the threat of economic sanctions and further international isolation as the rogue state marches toward becoming a global nuclear threat.
North Korea on Monday boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time period than any other such previous missile.
Barely two months ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was one of President Trump's biggest fans. Fed up with what he saw as the Obama administration's wishy-washy Syria policy, its unwise alliance with Kurdish "terrorists" and its failure to understand the need for some of his authoritarian policies, Erdogan envisioned a new dawn in U.S.-Turkish relations.
Over the past few weeks, the issue of Taiwan's proposed procurement of more advanced fighter jets from the US has resurfaced after the military renewed its request to purchase US-made F-35B fighters from the Donald Trump administration.
On Wednesday, the flattop's tactical action officer, Navy Lt. Jeff Miller, and his bustling crew in the bowels of the warship identified, tracked and then blew to bits an incoming missile several miles before it reached the aircraft carrier and its group of accompanying ships.