U.S./South Korea Joint Military Exercises Needlessly Increase Chances of War

By John Frederick Kaufman It is the opinion of The Pacific that the annual joint military exercises involving the United States and South Korea, which commenced again today, are not in the best interests of peace in that part of Asia. While the war games are said to be defensive in nature, they act as…

To Protest Against Brutal White Supremacy, Learn from the Non-Violent Civil Rights Movement

By John Frederick Kaufman Reports from the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday make clear that the "Unite the Right" marchers, many of whom sported and voiced the hallmarks of white supremacy, had come prepared (in some cases armed with semi-automatic firearms) to instigate violence in the quiet college town. But the Charlottesville police…

The Pacific is Back Early as Threats of Nuclear War Disturb the Peace

By John Frederick Kaufman Today The Pacific returns to the daily digital domain after a few months respite. In fact, if it wasn't for the recent launching of words of war back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, this publication and its editorial committee of one would still be lounging around on a beach with…

Pacific Follies: White House Explains Missing “Armada” and Unwisely Threatens North Korea Again

By John Frederick Kaufman, sole member of The Pacific's Editorial Committee It turns out that what the Trump White House meant to say is that the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and accompanying ships (the "armada" according to Trump) was going to get around to going to the Korean Peninsula to show strength and resolve.…

A Statement Against the U.S. Missile Strikes & Escalating War in Syria

By John Frederick Kaufman On the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I (the war that failed, as all the others have, to "end all wars"), President Donald Trump reportedly ordered the firing of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase known as Al Shayrat. It is the view of The Pacific blog…