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North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

The leader of North Korea, Kim John Un says he will expand his nuclear weapons arsenal sharply, raising the stakes in the standoff with the United States and its allies. He ordered his underlings to prepare for a missile attack on the United States. However, the threats and orders do not have the range to approach American shores. So the prospects are unlikely. And a ground attack would be out of the question. The long line of similar threats might…

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Nuclear/Danger

Nuclear/Danger

Somewhere in the catacombs of the Pentagon, a staff of military planners is working on a scheme to perpetuate the military primacy of the United States. The richest country on earth, the leader in military technology, with 900 military bases in 140 countries, has no military rival. The competition has faded, or been defeated in battle, or lacks the resources to compete. The military supremacy of United States is unprecedented. The unexpended energy encompasses the entire globe seeking more worlds…

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The Drama in the Wikileaks

The Drama in the Wikileaks

Wikileaks is a sensation, providing an unprecedented view of backroom bargaining by embassies all over the world, harsh assessments of foreign leaders and insider views of nuclear and terrorist threats. Like its predecessors the Obama administration says the diplomacy must remain secret. Wikileaks says all governments abuse secrecy by hiding facts and negotiations that should be made public. Here are a few examples: American and South Korean officials have discussed the formation of a United Korea should North Korea’s economic…

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Averting Nuclear Annihilation

Averting Nuclear Annihilation

President Barack Obama has called for a major change in world policy on nuclear weapons, leading to eventual elimination. His initiative is supported by a powerful group of conservative and military allies led by former Republican Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Schultz and Democrats former Secretary of Defense William Perry and Sam Nunn longtime Chair of Senate Armed Services Committee. These leaders recognize that nuclear weapons are the most inhumane and dangerous ever conceived, that kill and maim…

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Obama Plays Hardball with the Russians

Obama Plays Hardball with the Russians

In 1981, at the height of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated president of the United States. He immediately heightened tensions using belligerent rhetoric attacking the Soviet Union as “The Evil Empire” while authorizing an enormous military buildup against “the focus of evil in the modern world.” A significant number of Americans were worried about the harsh negatives of the Reagan initiatives. One manifestation was the Nuclear Freeze Movement that sought to decrease tensions as well as the nuclear…

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Axis of Evil

Axis of Evil

President Bush has decided to abandon his long-standing position that his administration would not meet face-to-face with Iran until Tehran suspended its uranium enrichment program. A senior American official recently participated in talks with Iranian officials, the first such meeting since the seizure of the US Embassy by Iranian militants in Tehran in 1979. This policy shift followed President Bush’s announcement in late June that the United States would remove North Korea from the State Department list of state sponsors…

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U.S. Threat Helped Inspire North Korean Nuclear Urge

U.S. Threat Helped Inspire North Korean Nuclear Urge

In his May 7 editorial-page commentary “Blame America First,” Stephen Rademaker writes that North Korea’s “pursuit of nuclear weapons appears to stem from Kim Jong Il’s hunger for prestige and power. He claims that their reasons have nothing to do with Washington’s nuclear policy, but in fact they do, and the roots go back more than 50 years. During the Korean War (1950-1953) the U.S. threatened several times to use nuclear weapons against the North. After the armistice, U.S. military…

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Outside Pressures Snapped Korean Deadlock

Outside Pressures Snapped Korean Deadlock

NY Times 2/13/07 by David Sanger “…For Mr. Kim, the nuclear explosion – more of a fizzle – that he set off in the mountains not far from the Chinese border in October turned out to be a strategic mistake. The Chinese, who spent six decades protecting the Kim family dynasty, responded by cutting off his military aid, and helping Washington crack down on the banks that financed the Cognac-and-Mercedes lifestyle of the North Korean leadership. ‘As a political statement,…

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