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Up Close and Personal with the Qiam

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:46:03 +0000

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave a dog-and-pony show with debris from the recent Houthi missile strikes against Saudi Arabia. Jeffrey and Aaron go over the debris, explaining why the U.S. thinks the Yemeni Burkan-2H is actually the Iranian Qiam and asking what that means.  Links of Note: DVIDS Hub link to …(image)

A Swing and a Miss in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:05:13 +0000

“A shot was just taken by Iran, in my opinion, at Saudi Arabia. And our system knocked it down,” Donald Trump told reporters. “That’s how good we are. Nobody makes what we make and now we’re selling it all over the world.” Except it missed. Or maybe never even fired. Jeffrey and Aaron discuss the …(image)


Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:23:25 +0000

Quote of the week: “The easiest thing of all is to deceive oneself; for we believe whatever we believe.” — Demosthenes How did half of my beloved country get swept up by Donald Trump? How did a reality-based Democratic Party with sensible five point plans lose almost complete touch with so much of the vast …(image)

No First Use

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:58:04 +0000

Quote of the week: “A ‘no first use’ policy would be the end of flexible response and thus of the very credibility of the Western strategy of deterrence.” – Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, speech at Georgetown University’s Center for Strategic and International Studies on April 6, 1982 How can it be that the United …(image)

KCN-eh? November’s Other North Korean Developments

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:05:19 +0000

A Canadian reviews the month’s North Korea news with a special guest. For November, Andrea talks to John Hemmings, the Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society. They dig into major stories about North Korean defectors and the Kim Jong Nam assassination, and consider the stunning views from Cathay Pacific flights.   Links …(image)


Mon, 04 Dec 2017 01:27:45 +0000

Quotes of the week: “Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured.” — Winston Churchill, 1951 “It is much easier at all times to prevent an evil than to rectify mistakes.” — George Washington, in a letter to James McHenry, 1798 My best man at our wedding stayed in touch while rising …(image)

North Korea’s Big Frickin’ Missile

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 22:47:08 +0000

North Korea tested a new ICBM called the Hwasong-15. We’ll keep these show notes brief. Its frickin’ huge. Aaron, Jeffrey, and Scott discuss the missile, the launch site, the truck that carried it, and its oh-so-roomy payload. Links of Note: Dave Schmerler compiled the KCNA imagery into one big flickr album.  (image)

The Donald and the Nuclear V: The Senate Strikes Back

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:24:13 +0000

“Liddle Bob Corker” and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the President’s authority to use nuclear weapons. A bipartisan panel testified that “it’s fine.” But is it? Aaron and Jeffrey discuss Trump, the bomb, and President’s War Powers.   Links of Note: C-SPAN video of the entire Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing …(image)

Rule of Thumb: Don’t Start a War If You Don’t Know Where to Bury the Dead

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:19:57 +0000

Quote of the week: “We can contribute much to the peace of the world by stating… in a declaration, either by Congress or by the President that the U.S. will never be the first to use the hydrogen bomb, that we would employ the weapon only if it were used against us or one of …(image)

Brazil’s Nuclear Program: Perceptions and Realities

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:41:25 +0000

Update: Here’s the video of the entire event. The peer-reviewed journal that I edit, the Nonproliferation Review, recently featured a hefty special section on Brazil’s nuclear program, written primarily by Brazilian scholars and former officials. Why is this subject important, you might ask, since Brazil has no nuclear weapons? Notwithstanding the bragging of disgraced nuclear executive Othon Luiz …(image)