Koreas able to handle own conflicts

Freedom New Mexico A fter several weeks of tensions, highlighted by military exercises in which South Korea fired live artillery near North Korea in a show of force and defiance, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, in what most news accounts described as a surprise, has called for the resumption of six-party talks over North Korea’s […]

U.S. set to expand base in Korea

Tom Philpott Two deadly incidents instigated by North Korea in 2010, most recently the shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island Nov. 23, have raised military tension on the peninsula to its highest level in many years. But the provocations, said the commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, haven’t weaken a commitment by the United States […]

Korea rift best left to regional players to solve

Freedom New Mexico Recent developments on the Korean peninsula have thrust the United States into yet another mini-crisis about which our country can do little but complain, in part because none of the realistic available options is remotely attractive. The frustrations Americans, from policymakers to citizens, are feeling should be a reminder, when things settle […]

South Korea no longer needs U.S. assistance

Freedom Newspapers There’s no question that the dictatorship running North Korea is one of the more dangerous — and nuttier — in the world. It’s headed by the Kim dynasty, something that wasn’t supposed to happen under the “classless” ideology of communism. In recent days current dictator Kim Jong Ill has been acting up, as […]

Udall discusses health care, North Korea at town hall meeting

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., says the federal government won’t force people into a national health care plan and the United States won’t go to war with North Korea. Udall led a town hill meeting in a packed room at Eastern New Mexico University on Friday evening. The freshman senator said he wants […]

U.S. officials overreacting to North Korea

Freedom Communications There’s no question that North Korea, as headed by Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il, is a reckless and irresponsible regime whose abuse of its own people is only exceeded by its self-defeating recklessness toward its neighbors. But from Kim Jong-Il’s perspective, it must also be amusing to see just how predictable the United States, […]

New president faces N. Korea unsteadiness

Freedom New Mexico You might say the new quasi agreement with North Korea amounts to kicking the can down the road, and you might be right. But kicking the can down the road to be handled by the next administration is probably a less-worse outcome than continuing a strictly confrontational approach to the “hermit kingdom” […]

North Korea’s action doesn’t curtail issues

Freedom New Mexico That was certainly a spectacular visual, repeatedly shown on television last weekend, of the cooling tower of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility being demolished and crumbling to the ground in a cloud of concrete dust. Whether it really means North Korea is in fact giving up its quest for deliverable nuclear weapons […]

North Korean agreement should yield rapid results

By Freedom Newspapers Winston Churchill famously argued it is better to “jaw-jaw” than to “war-war.” If that’s the general principle, a new preliminary agreement struck with North Korea by the United States and North Korea’s neighbor countries is probably a modestly hopeful sign. But it will bear watching. Fortunately the deal is structured so that […]

North Korea’s problems out of our hands

By Freedom Newspapers We should know a great deal more in a few days and weeks about the underground blast in North Korea that is widely viewed as a test of a nuclear weapon. Supposed experts are still pondering the evidence of what seems to have been, from an initial analysis of the seismic data, […]