It Is a Crisis

When the Soviet Union collapsed and the cold war ended, the Pentagon made a decision to reorient the U.S. military. Instead of being tooled for a single conflict against a rival superpower, U.S. forces needed the ability to wage two wars simultaneously against "rogue states" in different parts of the world. The most commonly cited pair of potential enemies: Iraq and North Korea.

The great gulping sound heard across Asia last week was the fear that just such a scenario could come to pass. In its quickening preparations for war in the Persian Gulf, the Bush Administration has...

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