Doug Bandow


Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, discusses North Korea’s acceptance of a deal to halt uranium enrichment and weapons testing in exchange for US food aid; why nobody should expect N. Korea to abandon their nuclear program or give up anything of military significance; closing US bases in S. Korea and Japan so the regional powers can resolve their own problems; and why China is more interested in trade than starting wars with its neighbors.

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Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Times. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University.

3 thoughts on “Doug Bandow”

  1. Good old Doug Bandow, always making the US the blameless victim foolishly sacrificing itself for others "we can't be stuck in the middle of that", "we don't change any of that". Sure America changes things, its military presence helps make North Korea what it is. America isn't stuck in somebody elses' problem. America creates problems for others.

    Look how far South Korea has come, because China is not on its ass the whole time (in fact they trade for massive volume) and so gets to relax a little bit. Whereas North Korea can't get a breather from the US. Economic blockade, the 7th fleet, marines on the DMZ, who wouldn't go crazy??

  2. Empire building — Military maximizing industry

    Since World War Two our military has been the engine for our economy, from creating the Internet, to using Israel to terrorize the Middle-East into trading oil for the most advanced killing machines, to spearheading most prosperous trade relationships throughout Asia.

    “There is security only in expansion.”

    Problem is, killing people for profit makes empire building the most inefficient form of government known to man and without an overabundance of expansion it would quickly expire in a convulsion.

  3. The US is already in Guam there is no reason to be in Okinawa too. Japan can take care of itself. China and Japan are massive trading partners they aren't going to war. Chinese nationalist fanatic tried to reclaim lost islands and China even stopped trading rare earth metals, Japan returned in kind and stopped buying food from China showing sudden quality inspections that found tainted boxes of whatever and within hours Earth metals returned, the island is still Japan's and the kook who ran and posted a flag on it was let out of Japanese jail but deported. The only real island disputes are with Russia not China. Putin returned 2 of the four Islands in question just before leaving/doing a circle in the revolving door. Japan seriously needs land. Russia doesn't. With Putin returning to power, this will do well for him. Asia shoots long term with long memories. Kind of the opposite of the US.

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