A rogue state with nuclear weapons has repeatedly threatened war against the US and its regional allies via missile attack. North Korea even moved its missiles to the coast, and may be accelerating another nuclear-weapons test. What could send a signal of resolve in a crisis like this?

How about a budget cut to missile defense?

The Pentagon will request $9.16 billion for missile defense programs for the 2014 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, about $550 million less than this year’s $9.71 billion, according to internal budget figures obtained by Bloomberg News.