Author Archives: Charles V. Peña

Preventative War: The One Way Donald Trump Could Lose Against North Korea

Otherwise America holds all the trump cards. Pyongyang simply doesn’t threaten us.

Tillerson Lays the Ground for Endless War in Syria

Washington still thinks it’s calling the shots—and we’ll fight forever to prove it.

Why Are We Shouldering Our Rich Allies’ Defense?

U.S. friends in Europe and Asia can be their own first responders.

A Strong National Defense Doesn’t Have to Blow Out Our Budget

$600 billion a year should be plenty to address global threats.

Why the Latest Gun Debate Already Sounds Stale

The purists need to stop putting up the same old roadblocks

Is It Time For Japan To Go Nuclear?

Our ally should have its own deterrent against North Korea.

Why More Regime Change?

The strategy failed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will fail in Syria, too.

We Can’t ‘Win’ Afghanistan

The U.S. doesn’t have enough troops to run a successful counterinsurgency campaign there.

Should America Be the World’s Policeman?

The end of the Cold War changed everything.

Military Options Are Not the Same as Solutions

And the violence in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen poses no threat to U.S. national security.

North Korea Unites South Korea, Japan, and China

Three neighbors have condemned its test-firing of a ballistic missile.

South Korea Can Afford Its Own Defense

At a bare minimum, it can pay full freight for the U.S. forces deployed there.

The Problem With Regime Change

More airstrikes in Syria will only create opportunities for Islamic state radicals.

Permanent Mideast Intervention Won’t Stop Terror

ISIS is primarily a threat to the Muslim world, which should take responsibility for containing it.

Iran: Gulf War III?

Attacking the Islamic Republic would mean steep costs and uncertain victory.