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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.

Washington Post Editorial Board as Movie Critic

Michael Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Ford

The Washington Post editorial board as movie critic (Dirty 'Game', 12/4/2010) is an embarrassment of riches for lovers of irony. The editorial remind...

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.

Al Qaeda's Religious Justification of Nuclear Weapons

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rahim Kanani

This is an excerpt from an upcoming research report examining the debate within Muslim societies on the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This particular section warns of a heightened risk of another Al Qaeda attack.

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.

George W. Bush as One of the Greatest Presidents of All Time?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's easy to reflect back and consider just how close George Bush came to historical greatness, yet how far he swung away from that unparalleled opportunity to instead be considered one of the worst presidents ever.

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.

Bush Publishes Memoir, I Can Has Prezidensy

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

The Borowitz Report has obtained an advance copy of former President George W. Bush's memoir and discovered that the book contains a "Where's Waldo?" foldout section with WMDs.

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?

Michael Moore's Fundraising Campaign for the "Ground Zero" Mosque

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Michael, while doing important, good works, misses no opportunity to promote himself, yet occasionally he misses the mark in his documentaries or when he appears on TV promoting his films.

Blair Should Take a Journey to Jail

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodie Evans

Last night Tony Blair was in conversation with Katie Couric at the 92nd St Y. What was really frightening to me, beyond the fear of being kicked out or arrested, was to be in an audience eating up his every word.

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.

Lies and the War That Has Not Ended

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Those who brought this disaster down on us must be called to account for the fabrications, the embarrassment to our honor, and the waste of so many lives and resources. Until then, the conclusion to this sad chapter in Iraq will not have been written.

Matt Miller's Iraq Mistake: Pundit Struggles With Past Support For Invasion, War

Washington Post | Matt Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When I look over those columns today, from the distance of nearly eight years, they seem reasonable and serious. Except, of course, that their premise...

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.

U.S. Sends Envoy to Hiroshima for First Time -- But Use of Bomb, Then and Now, Still Defended

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Hiroshima was our original sin, and we are still paying for it, even if most Americans don't know it. That's why I always urge everyone to study the history surrounding the decision to use the bomb and how the full story was covered up for decades.

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.

America's Iraqi Strategic Blunder

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

Even in 2002, in the midst of the fear campaign unleashed by Bush's White House to create public support for an invasion of Iraq, credible voices in the American mainstream questioned the claims.

ReThink Interview: Lawrence Bender and Lucy Walker on Countdown to Zero and Nuclear Weapons

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Why are nuclear weapons so far off our collective radars when they retain the potential to extinguish millions of lives -- if not all life on the planet -- in mere minutes?