3:01 PM, Jun 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Air Force vet with experience in the nuclear program writes in:
I appreciated William Kristol's "Ich bin ein Big Talker." I also noted with some interest that the president said in Berlin that "our generals" believe we can reduce deployed warheads to 1000. I remember sitting in the targeting shop during New START run up, trying to resolve all gaps in coverage that would open after treaty implementation. We had to cut warheads, the Russians were already there. We knew this, the brass knew this.
Alas, thepPresident has the authority to upset the strategic balance to his heart's content, so the Generals got in line. Seems like a recurring theme in this Administration: Impose bad policies on the Pentagon, act like it was the Pentagon's idea all along.
Cutting 1/3 of our warheads feels like it's cut from the same cloth as Obama's comments on Afghanistan and Iraq. The reality is we're in an increasingly poly-nuclear world, with more states joining "the club." But wishing makes it so: we don't need these weapons, you see. And look! The generals agree!
Thankfully the president at least had the good sense to do this in conjunction with the Russians. Which is to say, it won't be done. Putin sure isn't going any lower in nukes....
Jul 1, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 40 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On June 19, President Barack Obama delivered a lengthy speech in Berlin, in front of the Brandenburg Gate. The shades of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan surely wept.
9:47 AM, Jun 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Robert Zarate writes, for the Foreign Policy Initiative:
In a high-profile speech today in Berlin, President Obama announced his plan to “seek negotiated cuts with Russia” in order to reduce America’s “deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third.” The prudence of Obama’s plan, however, remains far from certain due to many stubborn problems.
2:14 PM, Mar 9, 2012 • By ROBERT ZARATE
As Washington wrangles over the size of the federal budget in a time of fiscal austerity, Congress is debating whether to hold President Obama to his promise of adequately funding the modernization of America’s nuclear arsenal and infrastructure in exchange for the Senate’s passage of the controversial New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russia in December 2010. The debate has pit liberal lawmakers like Congressman Edward Markey (D, Mass.), who advocate global nuclear disarmament, against Congressman Michael Turner (R, Ohio) and other national security stalwarts, w
4:33 PM, Nov 9, 2011 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
In order to fool the U.S. intelligence community when it comes to a nuclear weapons program, all a rogue regime has to do is change the name of the government agency housing it. Although that may sound ludicrous, it is one way to read the IAEA’s newly released report on Iran’s nuclear program.
3:26 PM, Jun 29, 2011 • By ANNE BAYEFSKY
On Tuesday, the United Nations again made itself an international laughing stock – except perhaps to the American taxpayers who continue to foot 22 percent of the bill – by appointing North Korea chair of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament. That would be the same North Korea that, according to an article this week by Senator John Kerry, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has “twice tested nuclear weapons…is developing missiles to carry them…has built facilities capable of producing highly enriched uranium for more nuclear weapons” and has defied a U.N. arms embargo by exporting weapons and sensitive technologies to rogue regimes.
10:01 AM, Jun 15, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has just published the following article on its website, indicating clearly that the regime seeks a nuclear bomb.
4:14 PM, Jun 8, 2011 • By MASEH ZARIF
Iran has long stonewalled the IAEA, the organization tasked with enforcing multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that demand a halt to Iran’s illicit nuclear activities.
3:42 PM, Jun 7, 2011 • By ROBERT ZARATE
A confidential copy of a draft resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which would call for Syria to face consequences for its nuclear transgressions, is now being privately circulated among the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors, in the hopes of getting it approved by the board this week in Vienna, Austria. The United States, Britain, and other partners are standing behind this resolution.
2:34 PM, Jun 7, 2011 • By ROBERT ZARATE
Does Syria’s recent offer of transparency to the world’s atomic watchdog represent a change of heart, or is it simply a tactic meant to prevent (or delay) punishment for its nuclear transgressions? History tells us that it’s likely the latter.
9:04 AM, Apr 8, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Karen Tumulty and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
11:45 AM, Dec 3, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
In the discussion of the relationship between ratification of the new START treaty and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s budget for maintaining our nuclear weapons stockpile, an oft heard war cry in favor of ratification is that the Obama administration’s budget is one that former National Nuclear Security Agency administrator, Ambassador Linton Brooks, has said he “would have killed for.” But how does the budget really stack up against those of years past?
7:34 AM, Nov 22, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with A. B. Stoddard, Kevin Madden and Juan Williams, on Fox News Sunday's Panel Plus: