FROM Robert Litwak
How serious are people taking Trump's threat to North Korea? President Trump’s impromptu threat of hitting North Korea with fire and fury on Tuesday launched 48 hours of breaking news coverage: Montages of missiles detonating, graphics painting Trump and Kim Jong Un as mortal enemies. With mixed messages from Washington, many Americans are worried and confused. Should we be preparing for nuclear war or dismissing this as an empty threat?
Two inexperienced leaders and the prospect of nuclear war President Trump shook much of the world yesterday with his comment on future threats from North Korea. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." North Korea's Kim Jung Un responded by saying he's reviewing plans to target America's airbase on the island territory of Guam. Today, some White House advisors are urging calm, but there's renewed concern about what might happen in one of the world's most dangerous regions. What more needs to be done to avoid catastrophic miscalculation by either side?
North Korea has miniaturized nuclear warhead The Washington Post reports that North Korea has crossed “a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.” It's miniaturized a nuclear warhead so it can fit inside a guided missile. Robert Litwak, who was director of nonproliferation on President Clinton's National Security Council staff, is currently at the Woodrow Wilson International Center .
North Korean Nuclear Threat Resurfaces North Korea claimed today it has tested a thermonuclear weapon, also known as a "hydrogen bomb." That claim is being questioned, but the test alone was enough to generate an emergency session of the UN Security Council. Robert Litwak, who was director of nonproliferation on President Clinton's National Security Council, is now at the Wilson Center in Washington.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?