Top experts are warning that North Korea is racing to develop intercontinental ballistic missile technology that can reach the United States.
Bruce Klingner, a former CIA deputy division chief for Korea,told Fox News last week that, “We can expect an [intercontinental ballistic missile] test this year with full capability within the next few years.”
In 2013, Kim Jong Un made a big display about which American targets he would like to strike.
“Kim Jong-un was photographed in front of a map of the U.S., which appeared to show four targets for North Korean missiles — Hawaii, San Diego, Washington, D.C., and perhaps Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana,” Klingner said.
“If we don’t find a way — and soon — to freeze North Korea’s quest for a nuclear ICBM, this crisis could all too easily spin out of control, leading to a second Korean War, far more devastating than the first,” he writes.
North Korea made international headlinesin February after testing a ballistic missile while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was visiting with American President Donald Trump. That missile traveled 310 miles, according to the South Korean military. U.S. Strategic Command called it a medium or intermediate range missile.
In January, before he was inaugurated, Trump vowed via Twitter that North Korea would not develop a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, as it had pledged to do.
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won't happen!
President Donald Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers. That's true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The privatization of essential government services is nothing new, of course. Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities that were once the sole domain of governments, such as the provision of electricity and water, road operations and prisons and even health care, with the ostensible aim of making them more efficient.
But before going down that road, the question needs to be asked whether privatizing essential human services such as those for military veterans serves the public interest. New research we recently published suggests that privatization may come at a social cost.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.