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What's It Feel Like to Be Well and Promptly Globally-Struck?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

What good is disarmament when what replaces nuclear weapons doles out a quality of death that's at last as nightmarish as from a nuclear attack? Our overarching mission is clear.

The Top Five Reasons I'd Boff Dick Cheney

The DC Damsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The DC Damsel

In honor of his, fifth, yes count em, fifth heart attack, I've decided to salute former vice president and 2010 CPAC hero, Dick Cheney, by proclaiming...

Time to Change Ronald Reagan's 'Trust, But Verify' to 'Verify, But Trust'?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Has the time come to reverse Reagan's saying and declare "Verify, but trust"? Even David Kay, who led inspections in Iraq, believes that for a weapons-inspection program to work, "a prerequisite is trust."

We Each Have a Nuclear Story of Our Own

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

If telling our nuclear stories contributes to committing the world to disarmament, it will embolden us. In turn, we can replicate that success in realms where we're now mired in impotence.

The Silence of the Sheep

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

I recently reported that Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair acknowledged that "the U.S. may, with executive approval, deliberately target and kill U.S. citizens who are suspected of being involved in terrorism."

Another Nuclear-Weapons Commission? Wait, This One's the Bomb!

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

To those of us who'd like to see a shortened route to disarmament, the mother of all nuclear weapons reports disappoint. On the other hand, it's awash in keen observations. I'll highlight some of those here.

Deterrence and Disarmament: Are They Both Magical Thinking?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The argument of nuclear optimists is that nuclear weapons may have ended great-power wars of conquest. In turn, a nuclear "pessimist" might ask: How can the death of 10 million possibly be spun as a national-security success?

Alienating Aliens: Do Nukes Make Them Go Ballistic?

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Russ Wellen

If extraterrestrials are darting about our atmosphere, it's a safe bet that they can't be happy about past tests of nuclear detonations and the prospect of their use in warfare.

Congratulations, President Obama

Chris Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Campbell

I find it maddening how quickly the wolves came out. Similar to any policy move that will actually benefit Americans and our standing in the world, the right-wing goes ballistic.

Why Weren't H1N1 Vacccines Available for Our Children Before School Started?

Sen. Bob Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Bob Graham

Whether the threat is from naturally occurring disease or bioterrorism, the United States needs to be able to produce vaccines and other medicines faster and less expensively.

Sanctioning Iran: Target Khameini, Return Assets to the People

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

Congress's idea of sanctions is sure to spread pain and suffering far and wide across Iran.

Frank Rich: In Defense Of The Balloon Boy Dad

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

For a country desperate for good news, the now-deflated "balloon boy" spectacle would seem to be the perfect tonic. As Wolf Blitzer of CNN summed up t...

Tony Blair: Would Have Invaded Iraq Without WMD

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Tony Blair has said he would have invaded Iraq even without evidence of weapons of mass destruction and would have found a way to justify the war to p...

Ahmadinejad Trying to Acquire 2008 Toyota Camry, Experts Fear

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

The Security Council's latest concern was prompted by intelligence reports that Mr. Ahmadinejad himself had been quietly shopping for Toyota parts in recent weeks on the popular online site Craigslist.

Israel's Pines-Paz Ignores Facts on Iran

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taylor Marsh

After listening to Israeli Labor party MK Ophir Pines-Paz speak and answer questions, it seems clear that Pines-Paz does not understand Iran, though he's clearly not alone.

Maddow Interviews Tom Ridge About Iraq Intelligence, Hurricane Katrina, Politicized Threat Levels (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***UPDATE*** TPM makes the good point that Maddow got Ridge to contradict what was written on the jacket of his book. After repeatedly denying that p...

Biden Locks Horns With Gates and Clinton Over the Monster That Won't Die

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Wellen

In a couple of decades, with the momentum that disarmament is building, there may be not be enough nuclear warheads left by then to make it worth anyone's while to replace them.

The Doctrine of "Sovereign Immunity" Presents a Grave Danger to Our Security

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Sovereign Immunity has its roots in old English law postulating that neither the sovereign nor the sovereign state can commit a legal wrong. It is an anachronism of another time and poses a great danger to our security.

The Real Motive Behind the Cheney Family Torture Tour

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Why did the Bush administration authorize torture when other methods were more successful? And why is Dick Cheney so desperate to exonerate himself and to skew the debate with trivialities?

The Internet Is Absolute Democracy -- Be Very Afraid!

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Alderman

Like Guttenberg's printing press, the Internet has created radically new opportunities and systems that have put us at the beginning of a seismic cultural shift and yet, something is terribly wrong.

As 6th Anniversary Nears: Amazing Poll Reveals Most Iraqis Wish We Did Not Invade

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

A surprising new poll by leading media organizations, as the sixth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq queitly approaches this week, finds that d...

The Journalist and the "Other" in Times of War

Sandy Tolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandy Tolan

What is the ethical responsibility of the journalist in telling the story of the Other? And what larger forces come to bear in shaping that story in the press?

Is Leon Panetta the Right Choice for CIA Director?

Gloria Duffy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gloria Duffy

It is perhaps not widely known that there has been a major change in the intelligence agencies' personnel since 9/11. Some 50% of intel community staffers have joined since 9/11.

CIA: Parsing The Panetta Pick

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

To say Panetta is a Clinton retread is to ignore his actual background. He comes out of a tradition which is almost forgotten today, that of the liberal Republican.

8 Years and Still No Chemical Plant Security

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Papantonio

There has been an effort to minimize the importance of a new congressional report about the probabilities of another catastrophic domestic terrorist attack.