Tag Archives: nuclear

Not so quietly

Correction: Japan was quietly evacuating…

Nuclear football

Republicans are playing political games with a treaty to help secure Russian nukes. Even the most uncontroversial laws are now being held hostage by the Republican party. Sadly, our government simply isn’t designed for this level of partisanship. Link

U.S. to Iran: Do as I say, not as I do

Am I the only one that thinks there is a lot of cognitive dissonance in this statement from Obama? “Iran has an opportunity to present and demonstrate its peaceful intentions but if it fails to take this opportunity, there will be consequences.” In other words: Be peaceful or we’ll bomb you! __________ Starting a war […]

10 Myths about Iran

Go read this article by Juan Cole now. The short version: Iran is aggressive and has threatened to attack Israel, its neighbors or the U.S. Reality: Iran has not launched an aggressive war modern history (unlike the U.S. or Israel). Iran is a militarized society bristling with dangerous weapons and a growing threat to world […]

Sanctioning Silliness

The big revelation about Iran’s newest nuclear plant has the world community (at least the Western part of it) in arms and threatening more sanctions. I’ve advocated here before about working more diplomatically and less belligerently with Iran. During the same week, we learn that Secretary of State Clinton is willing to renegotiate our sanctions […]

International law is an empty promise

“We must demonstrate that international law is not an empty promise, and that treaties will be enforced.” – Obama discussing new stricter language enforcing nuclear non-proliferation (via the NY Times). That seems more than a little hypocritical when Obama has actively shielded the past administration from international penalties against torture and launching aggressive wars. The […]

Don’t worry about Russian submarines

A couple of days ago the NY Times reported that Russian attack submarines were spotted off the eastern seaboard of the United States: While the submarines have not taken any provocative action beyond their presence outside territorial waters of the United States, officials expressed wariness over the Kremlin’s motivation for ordering such an unusual mission. “Anytime […]

Netanyahu's call to bomb Iran

The new prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has promised to bomb Iran, within months, to halt their nuclear program, unless of course the United States does it for them: The American president, [Netanyahu] said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons—and quickly—or an imperiled Israel may be forced to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities itself. […]

Iran's military capability by the numbers

(Updated below) The Joe Liebermans of the world want you to be very afraid of Iran. They want you to think that every day brings with it the possibility of our destruction at the hands of the Iranians. That’s simply an exaggeration, similar to the ones made about Saddam’s Iraq prior to our invasion. Remember […]

Promoting disaster: America's feud with Iran

JFK (middle) hanging out with the Shah of Iran (left). If you read the NYTimes.com, you woke up to some lovely news yesterday: The International Atomic Energy Agency, in an unusually blunt and detailed report, said Monday that Iran’s suspected research into the development of nuclear weapons remained “a matter of serious concern” and that […]