Nuclear war hawks forget to factor human error into their national-security equation. In a blog post for his site Defusing the Nuclear Threat, Martin Hellman quoted from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s […]
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
We forget that deterrence doesn’t need to be nuclear
As a principle and practice, deterrence existed long before nuclear weapons. The logic of deterrence is irrefutable to most, especially when applied to nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, its effectiveness is questioned by everyone […]
The Battle of Berlin: 70 years ago this month
Starting on November 17, the British launched the single most intensive bombing attack on a city in World War II. Despite the lack of a world war since and the Nuremberg Trials, […]
Democratic Republic of the Congo test case for ‘new world order’
The UN helped the Congolese army and international prosecutors stand ready to help try war crimes. In a reprise of the military operation that helped secure independence for the Democratic Republic of […]
Typhoon Haiyan leads the storm arms race
Like nuclear weapons, storms such as Typhoon Haiyan need their own disarmament treaty. Speaking of Typhoon Haiyan, Jim Pe, vice mayor of the town of Coron on Basuang, said the 150-plus miles-per-hour […]
U.S. official propagates myths about Iran and nuclear energy
At Going to Tehran, Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett wrote about an appearance last month before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, who is […]
Are war crimes too grievous to be forgiven?
Many Christians believe that any sin they commit, no matter how great, will be forgiven if they repent. But, like the Second Amendment supposedly guaranteeing the right to bear arms, that may […]
Most conservatives don’t know “Obamacare’s” success, not failure, aligns with their agenda
Conservatives, as usual, are conflicted. On the one hand, they’ve been mounting a massive assault against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called, as you know, ACA). Their arguments run […]
Surveillance on Merkel’s phone demands a scapegoat
As you have no doubt heard by now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was informed by German intelligence that her phone was subjected to American surveillance. Predictably she reacted badly and called President […]
When it comes to nuclear weapons, austerity has a silver lining
“Omne trium perfectum” goes the Latin saying — “everything which comes in threes is perfect.” Let’s see: the spiritual perfection of the Holy Trinity, the cinematic perfection of the Three Stooges, and […]