Opinion: NYTimes: North Korea Rouses Neighbors to Reconsider Nuclear Weapons

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Here’s deeply disturbing lead from the NYT focussing on how South Korea and Japan are worried about the US dithering in defending their countries faced with North Korean aggression.

Source: North Korea Rouses Neighbors to Reconsider Nuclear Weapons 

The dilemma cited is whether the US would take military action against North Korea, if South Korea or Japan were attacked, if there was a risk of retaliary missiles attacks on US citites, like Los Angeles or Washington.

Of course, the left-leaning NYT goes on to cite Trump as fueling the uncertainty.

The argument is not about the US reneging on its defense agreements, it’s more about US political leadership holding back and putting American interests first.

But if you lived in South Korea or Japan, wouldn’t you want some insurance in case Trump or his successor was slow to act?

Thoughts?

 

To Combat the Opioid Epidemic, We Must Be Honest About All Its Causes – Harvard Business Review

This article in the HBR is worth a read. It argues that doctors, companies, and socioeconomic forces have all played a role in promoting the opioid epidemic.

Source: To Combat the Opioid Epidemic, We Must Be Honest About All Its Causes

Whilst, other countries have problems with opioids, the scale of the US opioid epidemic dwarfs their impact in other countries.

American politics is very divisive, supporting societies winners but the social nets for the less advantaged have been ineffective, especially compared to other advanced countries.

Clearly, opioids are destroying large parts of US society. Sadly, conservative politicians are often more focused on destroying Obamacare, rather than supporting an effective strategy for dealing with the opioid epidemic.

The HBR is right to say that doctors, companies, and socioeconomic forces have all played a role in promoting the opioid epidemic. But the major roadblock is now with the political classes.

Thoughts?