NFL: Nuclear Weapons

Iran increases enriched uranium ahead of global meeting over nuclear programme (telegraph.co.uk, October 24, 1010) Iran has announced it has substantially increased its enriched uranium stockpile, only a month ahead of scheduled negotiations with global powers on its controversial nuclear programme.

Clinton lost nuclear codes, claims ex-aide (Financial Times, October 22, 2010) Bill Clinton lost the secret codes that would be used to authorise a US nuclear strike during the last year of his presidency, a new book has alleged.

PM: Imagine what Iran would do if it had nuclear weapons (Jeruselem Post, October 22, 2010) “We have a state in the East that expending every effort to develop nuclear weapons in order to destroy us,” said Netanyahu. He continued during his speech to say, “Today, the influence [of the Islamic Regime] is found in Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan, South America and Africa. This is what it has achieved without nuclear weapons, imagine for yourselves what it would do if it had nuclear weapons.” “The international community must ensure that this type of weapon does not fall into Iranian hands,” Netanyahu added.

Use of nuclear weapons means end of humanity – Castro (Rianovosti, October 21, 2010) The use of nuclear weapons mean the end of humanity, Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro said in a video address released on the Cubadebate website on Thursday.

Tony Blair: “Personally, I Think Israel Would Not Allow Iran to Get Nuclear Weapons” (The Atlantic, October 14, 2010) Tony Blair recently said in a telephone conversation, “personally, I think Israel would not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons.” In March, Joseph Biden declared that “the United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, period.” Barack Obama has repeatedly called a nuclear Iran “unacceptable.”

Former US envoy pessimistic on North Korea nuclear weapons (Channelnewsasia.com, October 13, 2010) The former chief US negotiator in talks to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons said Wednesday he was less optimistic than ever before about the prospects for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.

Factbox: A look at North Korea’s nuclear arms programme (Reuters, October 6, 2010) North Korea’s nuclear threat has reached an “alarming level” and it is now trying to miniaturize weapons to improve their mobility and impact, a South Korean government official said.

Will Saber Rattling And Sanctions Work Against Iran? (National Security, October 4, 2010) Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers have sent Iran a series of tough messages in recent days. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I/D-Conn., rattled a saber last week by telling the Council on Foreign Relations that a unilateral U.S. military strike against Iran should be considered if Tehran continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

NKorea vows to strengthen nuclear arms (Associate Press, September, 29 2010) NEW YORK — North Korea vowed Wednesday to strengthen its nuclear weapons stockpile in order to deter a U.S. and South Korean military buildup in the region.

Unwilling to Back Full Nuclear Disarmament (IPS, September 29, 2010) More than a year ago U.S. President Barack Obama came to Eastern Europe to announce his vision of a world without nuclear weapons. One year later, in the same place, the Czech capital Prague, he signed a deal slashing nuclear weapons stocks with his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev.

Six-nation group wants quick resumption of Iran nuclear talks (CNN, September 24, 2010) The six world powers trying to negotiate with Iran say they want an early resumption of talks to resolve the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program.

US bishops ask Catholics to lobby Senate to ratify nuclear weapons reduction treaty (Catholic Culture, September 22, 2010) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has published an “action alert” asking Catholics to “urge your Senators to publicly support the new START treaty because it makes our nation and world safer by reducing nuclear weapons in a verifiable way, and to ask the Senate leadership to bring it to a vote.” The treaty was signed by President Obama on April 8 but awaits Senate ratification.

Analysis: a very British WMD program (Press TV, September 20, 2010) In an attempt to save billions and avoiding a political row in the run-up to the next general election the British mps are planning to delay any decision concerning the replacement of the Trident nuclear missile system until after the 2015 election.

South Korea Aims Sanctions at 126 Iranian Entities (New York Times, Sept, 8 2010) “Our government expects Iran to join the international efforts for nuclear nonproliferation and take steps to faithfully implement its obligations under the relative U.N.S.C. resolutions,” said a government statement read by Kim Young-sun, a Foreign Ministry spokesman. 

North Korea leans on its major ally to dodge world’s arms-trade ban
(The Vancuver Sun, September 3, 2010) North Korea is using China as a transit route as it attempts to dodge international sanctions on its trade in arms and nuclear technology, according to reports in South Korea.

Tony Blair: West should use force if Iran ‘continues to develop nuclear weapons’ (The Guardian, September 3, 2010) The west should use force against Iran if it “continues to develop nuclear weapons”, Tony Blair said today, aligning himself with US hawks who have called for strikes against Iranian nuclear sites.

The Existential Threat (The Huffington Post, September 3, 2010) Existential threat recently entered the political lexicon, courtesy of Israeli paranoia. The expression sounds portentous, but all it seems to mean is that someone’s or something’s existence is in jeopardy. If so, the world is full of existential threats. But the expression is seldom used to refer to any of them except when the threatened party is Israel. Thus Iran’s still “aspirational” nuclear weapons program or, sometimes Iran itself are existential threats and so is Palestinian “terrorism.” An existential threat makes an excellent casus belli, a justification for war.

Time to act on nuclear test ban (The Daily Caller, September 3, 2010) In New York this May, at the five-yearly Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, nearly 190 states committed to a world free of nuclear weapons. Their commitments build on a worldwide groundswell of opposition to nuclear weapons.

UN Nuclear Chief urged Israel to join NPT (September 3, 2010) UN atomic watchdog chief Yukiya Amano urged Israel to come clean about its undeclared nuclear weapons capability during a visit to the country in August, an IAEA report revealed Friday.

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal has prevented war with India: A Q Khan (The India Times) September 3, 2010) Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal has prevented a conventional war with India and made the “nation walk with heads held high”, boasts notorious Pakistani scientist AQ Khan, considered the father of Islamabad’s clandestine nuclear weapons programme.

U.N. atom chief invited Israel to mull anti-nuclear arms pact (The US Daily, September 3, 2010) VIENNA (Reuters) – The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog invited Israel last month to consider joining a global anti-nuclear arms pact but the Jewish state has dismissed the idea as a politically-motivated drive by Arab states.

A. Q. Khan emerges to discuss his role developing—and proliferating—Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. (Newsweek, August 31, 2010) Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, widely considered the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, has kept a low profile since his unprecedented 2004 television address accepting sole responsibility for providing nuclear know-how to Iran, Libya, and North Korea

SKorea: NKorea deploying troops, weapons near Pyongyang ahead of key national events (FoxNews, August, 24, 2010)  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is deploying troops, artillery and tanks near Pyongyang in apparent preparation for a massive military parade marking key national events later this year, South Korea said Tuesday.

U.S. Assures Israel That Iran Threat Is Not Imminent (The New York Times, August 19th, 2010)The Obama administration, citing evidence of continued troubles inside Iran’s nuclear program, has persuaded Israel that it would take roughly a year — and perhaps longer — for Iran to complete what one senior official called a “dash” for a nuclear weapon, according to American officials.

Bombs away in three days (The Washington Times, August 17, 2010) Israel’s long-anticipated attack on Iran’s nuclear program may come as soon as Friday. Yesterday, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Israel had eight days to strike Iran’s nuclear facility at Bushehr before it would become operational. He revised the timeline to three days after word came that nuclear fuel would begin loading on Friday. We’re now down to two days and counting.

A weak start for START (Project Syndicate, August 18, 2010)  A strange sense of déjà vu is gripping Washington these days, as the debate over ratification by the United States Senate of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia heats up. Spats have broken out between the Obama administration, future presidential contenders, senators, and arms control and defense experts. There may not be nostalgia for the Cold War in any of this, but much of that era’s mindset can be perceived again in the arguments being knocked about.

Countdown to Zero neglects greatest danger of all (Huffington Post, August 16, 2010) The greatest nuclear danger today is not Countdown to Zero‘s nuclear “accident” or “miscalculation” or “madness.” The greatest nuclear danger today, still, like 65 years ago, is nuclear war.

COMMENTARY: Nuclear weapons and the way we think (Huntington News, August 18, 2010): Winslow Myers discusses how nuclear weapons shape the way we think.

UIL: American Exceptionalism

McConnell keynotes WV GOP gala (West Virginia Public Broadcasting, October 25, 2010) With about a week to go until the election, West Virginia’s Republicans are focused on winning many of the state’s House and Senate seats traditionally held by Democrats. 

Obama should apply ‘exceptionalism’ theory to U.N. (Statesman, October 22, 2010) Blackwell argues that exceptionalism should be applied to the United Nations.

Emmer rally: Romney on liberals and American exceptionalism (MinnPost.com, October 19,2010) Not only did the former governor of Massachusetts and GOP presidential contender attract some 200 donors at a $500-a-plate fundraising dinner for Emmer Monday, he later worked up a crowd at a rally at the Ramada Hotel in Bloomington.

Harry Reid – Sharron Angle debate: Closing statement (LAtimes, October 14, 2010) Angle was a bit livelier. “People ask me why I smile so much,” she says. “I am an optimist. Like Ronald Reagan, I believe in American exceptionalism.”

Relatively Open Borders — Not Harsh Immigration Restrictions — Follow the True American Tradition (FindLaw, October12, 2010) Among the great ironies of the present moment is that “Tea Party” calls for restrictive immigration claim to follow in the footsteps of the country’s founders. But rather than mimicking early Americans, Tea Partiers explicitly reject one of the classic features of American exceptionalism: relatively open borders.

Is America Exceptional? (The Heritage Foundation, October 7, 2010) At a G-20 conference in April 2009, President Obama was asked if America had a unique role in the world. Instead of explaining what makes America great (or even taking the usual tactic of apologizing for America’s greatness) the President  responded: “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism .

Cracks in the American Way, as Labor Stands Strong in Europe (In These Times, October 1, 2010) The idea of American Exceptionalism has loomed large over the last half century, creating an air of national impunity while spreading a neoliberal capitalist model to every corner of the globe.

Saito’s new book confronts exceptionalism in America (Georgia State University, September, 15 2010) Georgia State University College of Law Professor Natsu Taylor Saito’s new book, Meeting the Enemy: American Exceptionalism and International Law, is a bold examination of the often contradictory role that U.S. policies and practices play in furthering principles of global rule.

U.S. Court Is Now Guiding Fewer Nations (New York Times, September 17, 2010) Judges around the world have long looked to the decisions of the United States Supreme Court for guidance, citing and often following them in hundreds of their own rulings since the Second World War.

Toomey: ‘I believe in American exceptionalism’ (PA2010, September, 20, 2010) Lest there be any confusion, Pat Toomey believes in American exceptionalism. The Republican Senate candidate, who has implied in the past that President Obama doesn’t share this view, reiterated his belief in American greatness during a recent video interview with The Post-Gazette.

Tackling national debt (The Hill, September 21, 2010) The spirit of American Exceptionalism that our country’s founding fathers embraced was built on the fundamental pillars of political liberty, economic freedom and moral responsibility. Today, I am concerned that one of those pillars is at risk: our economic freedom. 

Still Taking Exception (The American Conservative , September 17, 2010) The claim that Obama rejects American exceptionalism that is every bit as untrue and laughable as the “anti-colonialist” claim, but it is one that has been made repeatedly and at great length.

Mid life crisis in land of the free (September 4, 2010) Observing American politics these days is a bit like watching an old family friend go through a mid-life identity crisis.

Andrew Finstuen: Land of the Free, Home of the Exceptionalists? (PBS, September 3, 2010)  Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally was a giant civil religious celebration of American exceptionalism. Beck began his event by referring to America as a chosen nation. Pastor Paul Jehle, who offered the opening prayer, reinforced Beck’s sense of America’s divine purpose by drawing upon Puritan John Winthrop’s immortalized call for America to be a “city on a hill.”

American Exceptionalism–And An ‘Exceptional’ President (Forbes, August 31, 2010) Obama may be the first U.S. president to lack faith in our special history, our special spirit and our special mission in the world.

Rubio hails American exceptionalism at Jacksonville campaign stop (The Florida Independent, August 19, 2010) Only hours after visiting a Duval County Republican headquarters to unveil his veterans’ initiative, Marco Rubio made another stop in Jacksonville — this time, to speak about family values and a country he repeatedly called “exceptional.”

American exceptionalism (Arkansas News, July 11, 2010) Last weekend’s July 4th holiday got me thinking about what makes our country unique. My son has reached the age where he has starting asking more questions. At one time he was simply satisfied with knowing that July 4th was America’s birthday without much more thought.