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Obama's Last Chance to Terminate US Nuclear Policy (Thanks to Trump)

August 15, 2016 Who would you rather have in control of America’s nuclear weapons, Skynet or Donald Trump? Stay with me on this. In Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator films, humanity is nearly eliminated when Skynet, a computer program designed to automate missile defense, “wakes up” and decides that humans are the main threat to...

The Nuclear Football Goes to Japan

May 24, 2016 When President Barack Obama goes to Hiroshima May 27, it will also mark the first visit by the nuclear football. The “football”—officially known as the president’s emergency satchel—is the briefcase carried by military aides who follow U.S. presidents wherever they go. It contains the codes and commands for launching nearly...

Is That All There Is? Obama’s Disappointing Nuclear Legacy

March 29, 2016 American showman P.T. Barnum said, “Always leave them wanting more.” If the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit this week is President Barack Obama’s closing nuclear act, he will certainly be following Barnum’s dictum. Seven years ago this April, in his first foreign policy speech as president, Obama pledged “to...

Bernie Sanders Looks Pretty Darn Establishment on Nuclear Weapons

February 22, 2016 On the campaign trail, Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has described his policies as “revolutionary” and “radical.” So it’s no surprise that some observers are claiming that his nuclear weapons policies would be extreme as well. But, in fact, Sander’s recent record on this issue indicates he is well within the...

The Diplomat-in-Chief Hits a National Security Trifecta

January 20, 2016 In five days last week, President Barack Obama hit a remarkable national security trifecta. He secured the release of American sailors within hours after they had drifted into Iranian waters, avoiding a major confrontation. He nailed down the dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear complex, effectively making that country a nuclear-weapon-free zone....

The Pope Is Lining Up to Ban Nuclear Weapons

September 21, 2015 Pope Francis is making a key shift in church doctrine on nuclear weapons, and some people are not going to like it. The Catholic Church has long held that nuclear weapons must be eliminated from the face of the Earth. Pope John XXIII, now a saint, wrote in 1963, “Nuclear...

Don’t Let the Iran Deal Become 2016’s Swift Boat

August 20, 2015 It is déjà vu all over again for John Kerry. Republicans are trying to kill the Iran nuclear deal with the same tactics they used to defeat him in his 2004 presidential bid. It’s a Swift boating. And the White House had better realize it’s just the beginning. Back then,...

Iran’s Nuclear Past Should Not Scuttle A Deal for Its Future

June 17, 2015 Secretary of State John Kerry is tasked by his political foes to deliver one impossible concession from Iran after another. The latest is that Iran must fully confess all its past transgressions before any final deal can be concluded. After Secretary Kerry hinted at a possible compromise on this issue...

North Korea’s Missile Test Is Less Impressive Than You Think

May 12, 2015 Kim Jong Un was all smiles and cigars in photos that showed a surprise May 9 test of a submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in the waters off North Korea. But there was less to the dictator’s photo op than meets the eye. If North Korea could perfect this technology,...

Keep Your Iran Politics Out of Kazakhstan

April 30, 2015 If you are like most Americans, what you know about Kazakhstan is likely limited to Borat and Sacha Baron Cohen’s politically—and factually—incorrect caricature in his 2006 film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Funny, right? But if you think you can dismiss this land-locked,...

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