White House: We don’t know nothing about nothing.
This exchange between Jake Tapper, ABC Senior White House Correspondent, and Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary is, bluntly, bizarre. For context: Jake is asking Carney about, naturally enough, the situation with the nuclear reactor problem in Japan. Specifically, the most recent details about the nuclear reactor problem, given that both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Japanese government are both keeping mum on | Read More »
North Korean nuclear test successful?
Well, they’re claiming that it was, and there’s evidence that it happened in the form of an earthquake,so that’s how everyone is betting. Japan is calling for an emergency UNSC meeting; South Korea, dealing simultaneously with this and the suddenly-more-murky suicide of its former President, is doing the same. The White House hasn’t put up the President’s official statement on this yet, but you can | Read More »
Japanese to take more aggressive anti-piratical stance?
Step by step – sometimes almost painfully so – the Japanese are getting themselves back into the game: Japan’s MPs back anti-piracy bill The lower house of Japan’s parliament has approved a bill to allow the country’s naval ships to take a bigger role in fighting pirates off Somalia. The bill will mean the navy can escort non-Japanese ships and use weapons for more than | Read More »
A quick question for the Obama administration on the Japanese counter-missile thing.
Let’s say that the Japanese carry through with their promise to try to sweep from the sky any North Korean missile that even looks like it’s going to violate their airspace (yes, I’m paraphrasing, and running the statement through the politeness filter). And let’s also say that they do so. If that happens, can we assume that the missile defense system that they used – | Read More »