Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ex-Spymaster on Iranian Nuclear Threat

In a recent interview, retired four-star admiral and former head of the super-secret NSA, Adm. Bobby Inman, portrays a very different Iranian threat from the usual – and a very different approach for dealing with Iran successfully. Continue reading

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Russian Military Chief Sees Increasing Risk of Nuclear War

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s chief military officer says the nation is facing an increased threat of being drawn into conflicts at its borders that may grow into an all-out nuclear war. Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff, pointed at NATO’s expansion eastward and said Thursday that the risks for Russia to be pulled into local conflicts have “risen sharply.” He added, according to Russian news agencies wires, that “under certain conditions local and regional conflicts may develop into a full-scale war involving nuclear weapons.” Continue reading

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Challenging Russia to Fight

House Speaker John Boehner is second in line for the presidency, after Vice President Biden. That highlights the danger of his recent speech that come dangerously close to challenging Russia to a fight. Boehner’s web site prefaces the speech by noting “In remarks at the Heritage Foundation today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) discussed the need to reassert American exceptionalism in the U.S.-Russia relationship.” Here are the key parts of what he had to say: Continue reading

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The Nuclear Cookie Jar

Back in June 2010, I had a post entitled “Is Our Hand in the Nuclear Cookie Jar?” which made an analogy between our missile defense plans and a toddler having her hand in the cookie jar while asserting that she wasn’t taking a cookie. Unfortunately, we continue to risk creating a Russian-American crisis by maintaining that Russia has nothing to fear from our plans, but refusing to put that in writing and taking other actions that make it look like our hand is in the nuclear cookie jar. Continue reading

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