Links – March 11, 2017

 

Jeffrey Lewis thinks that North Korea is preparing for nuclear war. The most recent test looks more like practice for war than testing missiles. Lewis and his group at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute at Monterey have been watching North Korea carefully and analyzing its photos of missiles and what it claims is a nuclear weapon. (photo of the latest launches from that article) More, with helpful diagrams.

Why Donald Trump should strike a deal with North Korea.

Should the United States “buy out” potential proliferators?

Photos of tourism in Tallinn when it was part of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic.

The New York Times is doing a series on the Russian Revolution. This year is its 100th anniversary.

What if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had swapped genders? The answer isn’t as simple as you may think.

Rex Tillerson may be the weakest Secretary of State ever. He hides from the press and hasn’t had much to do with the folks in the State Department either. My suspicion is that he doesn’t want to bring down the boss’s wrath by being too visible while he figures out a way around Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon. But it could also be the general Trump administration approach of keeping America in the dark about what they’re doing. Remember that Trump loves surprises. More from the New York Times.

Ryan Goodman has written two good articles (here and here) about the Trump-Russia connections. They connect the dots without sensationalism or exaggeration.

What happens when you fight a “deep state” that doesn’t exist. The phrase “deep state” is being used too easily in reference to Trump’s conflicts with the government. It is the bureaucracy, the civil service, the permanent government that he is unhappy with. The United States doesn’t have a “deep state.”

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