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, who support more investment in the U.S. nuclear deterrent.
Last month, Markey asserted in a floor speech that it would be “insane” to upgrade and replace uranium and plutonium facilities that support the U.S. nuclear arsenal, claiming that “the plants we have now work just fine.” In response, Turner—who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces—sent a letter to Markey on February 15, 2012, inviting the Massachusetts lawmakers to join him on a tour of “the deteriorating circumstances of the facilities.” (Aides to Turner say that Markey still hasn’t responded to the invitation.)
The letter included these vivid photos of what appear to be decrepit and decaying conditions at facilities critical to maintaining America’s nuclear weapons:
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:
No new diplomatic initiative.4:29 PM, Aug 5, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
David Ignatius writes in today's Washington Post on a briefing Obama and his advisers held for a small group of journalists:
President Obama put the issue of negotiating with Iran firmly back on the table Wednesday in an unusual White House session with journalists. His message was that even as U.N. sanctions squeeze Tehran, he is leaving open a "pathway" for a peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue.
"It is very important to put before the Iranians a clear set of steps that we would consider sufficient to show that they are not pursuing nuclear weapons," Obama said, adding: "They should know what they can say 'yes' to." As in the past, he left open the possibility that the United States would accept a deal that allows Iran to maintain its civilian nuclear program, so long as Iran provides "confidence-building measures" to verify that it is not building a bomb.
The renewed opening to Iran also included a proposal for talks on Afghanistan. Obama said he favored a "separate track" for discussion of this issue, in which the two sides have a "mutual interest" in fighting the Taliban. He urged that, as part of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's push for "reintegration" with the Taliban, Iran should be included in regional talks about stability. "Iran should be a part of that and could be a constructive partner," he said.
Robert Kagan came away from the meeting with a distinctly different impression. Kagan writes at the Washington Post:
Keeping the military threat credible.10:30 AM, Jul 12, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Here is Benjamin Netanyahu on Fox News with Chris Wallace:
when the president [of the United States] says that he's determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and that all options are on the table, I think that's the right statement of policy. ...the president's position that all options are on the table might actually have the only real effect on Iran...—if they think it's true.
The president has endorsed the treaty, but Senate Republicans aren't ready to ratify it. 6:00 PM, Jun 23, 2010 • By FRED BARNES
Ratification of the new nuclear arms treaty with the Russians may not be as easy as the White House, Senate Democrats, and the media appear to expect. The pact, called the New START agreement, faces early trouble in the Senate – serious trouble.