The Evening: Refineries Damaged, NK Over Japan, Texas Flood and More
August 29, 2017
It's Tuesday, August 29th.
ExxonMobil Refineries Damaged
ExxonMobil acknowledged Tuesday that Hurricane Harvey damaged two of its refineries, causing the release of hazardous pollutants, as the Washington Post’s Steve Mufson reports.
Plus, for excellent coverage of the disaster in Houston and additional weather updates, see the Wash Post, which has made a significant investment in its weather coverage this year.
Dive Deeper : CSIS’s Frank Verrastro and Adam Sieminski have a new commentary: “Energy Impacts of Harvey Will Be Felt Globally.”
And, “DoD, Guard Will Provide All Texas Asks for in Struggle Against Harvey Floods” via DoD News.
NK Fires Missile Over Japan
President Trump has warned Pyongyang that “all options are on the table” after North Korea fired a missile over Japan early Tuesday, as CNN reports.
And, as the Nikkei Asian Review reports, the United States and Japan will call for an international embargo on oil exports to North Korea in response to Tuesday’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan, as the allies seek to strike at the lifeblood of Pyongyang’s weapons programs.
Dive Deeper : See the new CSIS short video “How It Works: Detecting a North Korean Missile Strike on Guam.”
IISS’s Michael Elleman has this post: “The secret to North Korea’s ICBM success."
Plus, Rand’s Doug Irving penned this essay: “Understanding North Korea.”
Iran Rejects U.S. Demand
Iran has dismissed a U.S. demand for UN nuclear inspectors to visit its military bases as “merely a dream,” as Reuters’ Parisa Hafezi reports.
Dive Deeper : CSIS’s Anthony Cordesman released this commentary today: “Iran, the Gulf, the JCPOA, and American Strategy.”
In That Number
North Korea’s missile fell into the Pacific Ocean 1,180 kilometers east of Japan. Source: FT.
"The fear of non-state actors launching crippling cyberattacks against critical infrastructures is a fantasy. Our most dangerous opponents are other nation states."
— CSIS’s James A. Lewis in an op-ed published by CNN.
“How It Works: Detecting a North Korean Missile Strike on Guam” is a CSIS original video from the CSIS Aerospace Security Project and CSIS Missile Defense Project on how U.S. missile defense forces might respond if North Korea launched a missile toward Guam.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images.) A woman walks in front of a huge screen displaying Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump in Tokyo today, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan.
“Facebook Pages That Share Fake News Will Be Blocked From Advertising” via AdWeek’s Marty Swant.
This Town Tomorrow
Join the Heritage Foundation at 12:00 p.m. for “Iran’s Nuclear, Regional and Proxy Challenges.”
The CSIS Aerospace Security Project explores the technological, budgetary, and policy issues related to the air and space domains for air and space forces. This video examines the project’s top three research priorities.
This week Building the Future looks ahead to the 2018 U.S. national security strategy with help from Kathleen Hicks, senior vice president and director of the CSIS International Security Program.
There’s not too much to smile about today. We Americans are hurting for our Houston brothers and sisters who are suffering a flood of unprecedented proportions. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law are Houstonians and live there with my two nephews who I adore. They are all fine, on high ground and completely dry, thank goodness. My sister-in-law is my hero. Today she went down to the Convention Center to volunteer. She set up “Baby Land,” a station for all supplies relating to babies. I am so proud of her. She embodies that Texas spirit that we Americans admire.
I think that’s the thing to smile about. Our people are resilient. Nowhere more so than in Texas. Just look at how people are coming together and helping each other. And watch how brave the local and national media are in their coverage of this epic disaster.
I spent a lot of time in the Lone Star State during my previous career as a journalist—I covered the GWB White House, and President Bush would often decamp to his “Western White House” in Crawford. We in the WH press corps would decamp with him.
Texas is an extraordinary state full of honorable and heroic people. Houston will survive. It will again thrive. I have no doubt of this. In the meantime we should all do everything we can to help out—even if it’s just to remember Houstonians in our thoughts and prayers. This clip of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, an iconic Texan, should help us think about the Texas Flood.