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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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The US and Israel get closer on Iran Policy

The US and Israel get closer on Iran Policy

Ever since Barack Obama became President of the United States, American relations with Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu have deteriorated over relations with Iran. Netanyahu insists on harsh threatening measures capped by a “red line that must be drawn limiting Iran’s ability to enrich uranium thereby limiting Iran from further development of a nuclear weapon.” Pres. Obama and his administration accept the objective of denying Iran a nuclear weapon. They have led the international movement to install economic and diplomatic sanctions…

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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 Nuclear Weapons Debate

The Nuclear Weapons Debate

The atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed my life. I dedicated myself to the elimination of atomic and nuclear arms to preserve planet Earth, to save the human species. Total elimination of the weapons and responsible international controls are the only political solutions. After I failed with ten presidents, I welcomed the Obama initiative and the New Start Treaty with great enthusiasm. I still do. But they are only a beginning. There will be serious problems along the way….

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Abortion and the Health Reform Bill

Abortion and the Health Reform Bill

The advocates of a woman’s legal right to abortion under the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision were enthusiastic supporters of the Democratic Health Care Reform Bill. But they were appalled at the deal President Obama made with 13 US Representatives to obtain their votes in exchange for an Executive Order that weakens the rights of women for legal abortions. With little fanfare, with no glaring lights or TV cameras, no East Room speeches, without a photo or a handshake,…

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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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Losing the Moral High Ground

Losing the Moral High Ground

Last week Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spent three days in Pakistan defending U.S. Policy before a variety of groups. Some of the audiences were blunt and combative, reflecting the dramatic decline in popularity of U. S. policy. The Pakistani criticisms include U.S. interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs, U.S. failure to allow Pakistani textiles into American markets in desired quotas, and the growing U.S. relationship with India particularly on nuclear matters. But the issue that drew the most attention…

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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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The Ayatollahs of Washington

The Ayatollahs of Washington

As I write this blog on June 17, the streets of Iran’s capital are jammed with demonstrators rallying to protest the country’s disputed presidential vote. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians defied the country’s religious leaders who have the final say on state matters demanding a new election replacing the election of June 12 tainted by charges of fraud and vote rigging. The Ayatollahs of Iran have offered a limited recount, another concession to the sustained public rage, but reformist politicians…

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Obama’s New Approach to Iran

Obama’s New Approach to Iran

The Obama administration will take part directly in international negotiations with Iran aimed at ending Teheran’s nuclear program. It is the latest move in a shift in U. S. policy toward Iran, a very positive step toward direct engagement with Iran that President Obama promised during his campaign for president, a step that merits strong approval. This expression of conciliation contrasts sharply with U.S. policy since 1979 and especially with the belligerence of the Bush administration, a belligerence that has…

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