Aggression by a state, once considered just an act of war, ultimately became viewed as a pathological act. I’ve been re-reading Sir Lawrence Freedman’s landmark work The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (Third […]
Russ Wellen is not exactly a rogue, as in cop or elephant. And, since he didn’t graduate from college, he’s more of an autodidact than a scholar. Come to think of it, though, that would make him a Rogue Scholar. (Usually, punning isn’t among his vices.)
Russ writes about:
1. Nuclear deproliferation.
2. Foreign relations with the Middle East.
3. Understanding what makes Americans tick.
He spends much of the rest of the time trying to figure out what makes his 12-year-old son tick.
"It's hard to tell people not to smoke when you have a cigarette dangling from your mouth."
-- Mohamed El Baradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency
What if nuclear war no longer resulted in nuclear winter?
Can nuclear weapons be justified if arsenals are kept small enough to prevent the threat of nuclear winter if used? Nuclear war, like a nuclear warhead, is actually multiple threats in one. […]
The T word: Republican senators’ letter to Iran has some accusing them of treason
Many are aghast at the treasonous nature of the open letter to Iran signed by 47 Republican senators. As you have no doubt heard by now, 47 Republican senators wrote an open […]
Burning alive of Jordanian fighter pilot more evidence Islamic State refuses to grow up
By burning alive Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, the Islamic State reinforced an apparent commitment to behave like a terrorist organization, not a state. It’s well known that revolutionary movements and/or terrorist […]
Sounding the alarm about the Islamic State does not have to be a call to arms
Nor does glossing over the Islamic State’s ultraviolence help make the case for non-intervention. On Dec. 18, the Guardian published a report by a team of reporters, including Focal Points contributor Ali […]
Will the Taliban attack on a Peshawar school generate more reform than the Newtown school shooting?
Since Sandy Hook, there have been nearly 100 school shootings. How many more Pakistani children need to die? On Dec. 16, a Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan […]
Three arguments against tattoos
Tattoos not only wear out their welcome, but brand their wearers as philistines. I appreciate tattoos as much as the next person. I’ve even considered getting one — a target painted on […]
By pushing for more sanctions, U.S. hardliners play into hands of Iranian hardliners
New sanctions legislation against Iran would alienate Europe, Russia, and China. “Buoyed by the failure of the US and five other powers to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear […]
Why exactly was Chuck Hagel forced out as secdef?
Was Chuck Hagel scapegoated by a White House inner circle that he failed to penetrate? Was fired Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel simply a scapegoat for charges that the Obama presidency was […]
How does the world’s leading advocate of air power ― the U.S. ― wind up using the wrong planes?
Unfortunately, a lot more than battlefield requirements goes into the design of war planes. In Harper’s, Andrew Cockburn writes: President Obama’s war against the Islamic State will represent, by a rough count, […]