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Weapons of Mass Destruction

'Curveball' Defector Admits To Lying About Iraq's WMDs

The Guardian | Martin Chulov and Helen Pidd in Karlsruhe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his ...

Does the Taboo Against the Use of Nuclear Weapons Increase Their Allure?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

We're under the gun: we need to make use of the nuclear taboo as a springboard to disarmament before its expiration date. But there exists another nuclear taboo against discussing the destruction caused by nuclear weapons.

Is "It's Not Fair" a Childish Response to Being Denied Nuclear Weapons?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

No matter the short term benefits to security, when the West severs the ties that bind disarmament to nonproliferation, it further undermines the trust of the developing world and long-term prospects for international security.

Producer Lawrence Bender on Countdown to Zero (AUDIO)

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

The world is going to end. We've heard it all before but in producer, Lawrence Bender's riveting new documentary, Countdown to Zero, it offers a solu...

Joe "Sweetheart" Lieberman's Long History of Lying About Iraq and WMD

Jonathan Schwarz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Schwarz

Just as the sun always rises in the east, so too does Joe Lieberman always lie about Iraq and WMD.

Thanks to New START, You too Can "Ride Out" a Nuclear Attack

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

With hawks always willing to poke a stick into the hive of U.S.-Russia relations, it's folly to think that just because the Cold War ended that we've been inoculated against nuclear war with Russia.

Do Americans Have the Right to Bear Weapons of Mass Destruction?

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The mounting volume of gun deaths and injuries, the easy access that criminals and terrorists have to what amounts to weapons of mass destruction, require substantial limitations on the ability of individuals to use, carry and obtain guns.

Nuclear Weapons Just Not Sexy Anymore

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The incarnation of "sexy," that is, that cropped up a few years ago: exciting or trendy in a general, not erotic, way. That settled, let's move on to ...

Are Nonproliferation and Disarmament, Once Joined at the Hip, Headed for Divorce?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

Whether or not we disarm has no bearing on the plans of states that hope to acquire or develop nuclear weapons. Whether or not disarmament discourages proliferation is immaterial -- it's our only recourse.

Renewing the Bush Tax Cuts Is Like...

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Larry Beinhart

Renewing the Bush tax cuts is like driving your car off the cliff, paying a tow truck twice the price of the car to haul it back up, then driving it back over because your brother-in-law's cousin's friend told you this time it will fly.

Opposition to New START Pits Republicans Against Traditional Allies

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Perhaps bewitched by Tea Party-style incoherence, Republicans guided by Jon Kyl have placed themselves in the unlikely position of bucking the national defense establishment, to which traditionally they've been joined at the hip.

The Front Line of Disarmament: Blocking a Nuclear Facility Six Times the Cost of the Manhattan Project

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Odds are, with the Cold War consigned to history, you couldn't have imagined that a nuclear weapons facility of such immensity was still on the table.

Senator Kyl's Stalling on New START Is Fraying Washington's Nerves

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In their rush to make President Obama look weak, Senate Republicans may, many believe, be weakening national defense.

Republican Go-to Guy on Nukes Keeps Obama Administration Twisting in the Wind on New START

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Remember: how ever pro-nuclear those opposed to New START may appear to be, they're voting against a measure that Secretary Gates and the Pentagon support.

Republican Senate Rejection of START Could Work in Disarmament's Favor

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

If new START is rejected, does the Obama administration plan to retract some or all of that funding? Unlikely, I know, but were that to occur it would look a lot more like disarmament than new START.

Chaplin's time traveler and the Tea Party

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I've been meaning to write about the supposed phenomenon of the woman with the cell phone in the extras for the DVD of the Charlie Chaplin film The Ci...

Would Sweeping Disarmament on Our Part Impress Iran?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

As with almost all mainstream opinion pieces about U.S.-Iran relations, there's no mention of the United States pursuing a policy of nuclear reciprocity -- that is, disarmament.

No Mean Feat: Justifying Israel's Nukes Without Acknowledging Them

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

With its insinuation that they're less invested in the peace process than the United States and Israel, U.S. ambassador to the IAEA Glyn Davies's gloating is an insult to the Arab states.

How Does Staying Mum on Israel's Nukes Help the Peace Process?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Israel continues to keep up the farcical, not to mention insulting, pretense that it's nuke-free. Worse, the United States enables it in the ultimate game of don't ask, don't tell.

Give Me Liberty or Give Me -- the Extinction of the Human Race?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

If threatened with nuclear attack, should a state, especially one that characterizes itself as founded on a respect for human rights, threaten to retaliate, thus ensuring massive loss of life on its own as well as the aggressor's side?

Never Forget: Bad Wars Aren't Possible Unless Good People Back Them

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

Before our collective memory fades, I just want us to be honest with ourselves and present an unsanitized version of how they pulled off this war. We invaded Iraq because most Americans -- including good liberals -- wanted to.

How 'Nonproliferation' Became a Dirty Word

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

"Nuclear deterrent" is what the good guys retain for emergencies; "nuclear weapons" are what the bad guys wield -- or seek to. Thus 'nonproliferation' has come to invoke nothing but a double standard.

The War in Iraq: At What Cost?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The president asked the nation to "turn the page" last night. But what makes me so sad this morning is the enormous human cost of the war in Iraq; and how a massive number of people and families -- in America and Iraq -- have had their lives ended or changed forever because of this war and will have a hard time turning the page. So was the war in Iraq worth the enormous human cost?

Whose Nukes Are You Calling Loose?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Russians can't help but be offended by constant references in the U.S. press and in national security circles to the danger of loose nukes winding up in the hands of terrorists.

If They'd Listened to the Scientists We Might Not Need to Observe Hiroshima Day

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

In July 1945 answers to a multiple-choice questionnaire were solicited from 250 scientists at the Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory division of the Manhattan Project. The question and choices follow.