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Quotes That Susan Rice Does Not Want to Read

By | 05.17.10 | 12:46 pm

There’s one up high in this morning’s New York Times piece on the Iran/Turkey/Brazil uranium enrichment deal:

According to a Western diplomat who spoke in return for anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters, the amount of low-enriched uranium that Iran was prepared to ship to


Your Prompt Global Strike Primer

By | 04.23.10 | 8:44 am

The New York Times has a good overview of an extremely powerful conventional weapons system that could be fired from a missile in the U.S. and reach anywhere on the planet in an hour. It’s called Prompt Global Strike. It’s an immature weapons system, barely in development, that looks More…

Uh, Who’s Being Disingenuous About New START and Missile Defense?

By | 04.22.10 | 11:30 am

There’s preambular language in the New START nuclear arms accord with the Russians that touches on Russia’s unease with America’s planned system for European missile defense. It’s non-binding and it’s extremely opaque. (“Recognizing the existence of the interrelationship between strategic offensive arms and strategic defensive arms, that this interrelationship will More…

Making Sense of Gates’ Iran Memo

By | 04.19.10 | 6:00 am

The New York Times reported on a memo written by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in January about a paucity of U.S. policy options toward Iran if it continued with illicit uranium enrichment but stopped short of possessing a bomb. It’s a real problem — the proliferation More…

Nuclear-Security Summit Vox Pops: Worthless, I Say!

By | 04.12.10 | 2:33 pm

The Washington Post is touting a poll showing “muted expectations” amongst the public for what President Obama’s nuclear-security summit will achieve.

Overall, 40 percent of those polled are convinced the negotiations will result in tighter controls, and 56 percent are not so or not at all confident. Moreover, four


Want to Read the New START for Yourself?

By | 04.08.10 | 12:25 pm

Does it restrict U.S. missile defense? Concede too much to the Russians? Standardize rules for counting the nuclear payloads on deployed bombers? What about telemetry?????

Well, now you can answer all these questions to your satisfaction.

The New Nuclear Consensus?

By | 04.07.10 | 6:00 am

The beginning of the new Washington consensus on nuclear strategy, embodied by Tuesday’s release of the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, began, ironically, with an October 2008 speech that presented a notably different view.

[Security1] A week before the presidential election, Robert Gates, the Bush administration’s well-respected defense secretary, More…

The Nuclear Posture Review as Assertive Multilateralism

By | 04.06.10 | 1:30 pm

At the Pentagon press briefing to roll out the Nuclear Posture Review — read the entire document, all of it unclassified, here — Defense Secretary Robert Gates didn’t address any discrepancies between today’s document and his 2008 views on nuclear strategy. But he did provide context for an More…

Gates’ 2008 Nuke Speech vs. 2010 Nuclear Posture Review

By | 04.06.10 | 10:52 am

At noon in the Pentagon briefing room, flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Adm. Mike Mullen, Defense Secretary Robert Gates will unveil a Nuclear Posture Review that rejects U.S. nuclear retaliation for a non-nuclear strike. It’s a consensus administration document. Which means More…

When Not to Use Nuclear Weapons

By | 04.06.10 | 8:51 am

Whoa, what’s all this stuff on cable news about President Obama’s forthcoming revision to U.S. nuclear-weapons strategy? You’re not surprised. You knew all about the substance of the Nuclear Posture Review on Friday. Well, except for one aspect of it.

Obama gathered some reporters at the White House yesterday More…