Russ Wellen holds down the “Nukes and Other WMD’s” desk at the Faster Times, and writes “The Deproliferator” for Scholars & Rogues and other blogs. He is an advisor to the Madrona Institute and co-moderates Terralist.


Emphasis Added: the Week in Pieces (7/5)

From Edward Snowden to the Taliban-go-Miami Beach.

Emphasis Added: the Week in Pieces (7/1)

Which is more useless? Missile defense or total surveillance?

President Obama’s Anti-Nuke Sentiments a Cover for Plans to Secure Their Existence in Perpetuity

The National Nuclear Security Administration’s new Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan is as grandiose as it is unconscionable.

U.S. Tactical Nuclear Weapons More an Irritant Than Deterrent

Is Pakistan a country that might, as opposed to the United States, actually find tactical nuclear weapons useful?

“World War Z”: Israel’s Best Foot Forward?

Are zombies the key to peace between Israel and Palestine?

Republicans Perpetuate Myths About Missile Defense to Keep Cold War Alive

Republicans oppose U.S. cooperation with Russia on NATO missile defense.

Iran’s Election Nuclear, But Not Nuked

Iran has to be the only country where one nuclear negotiator defeated another for the presidency.

Has Intervention by the United States Become, by Definition, a Mistake?

Is reflexive resistance to intervention in Syria the right reaction by progressives?

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (6/13)

From nuclear weapons to unicorns.

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (6/10)

War with Iran could cost you your job.

Nuclear Missile Wing’s “Sagging Morale” Has an Upside

Its personnel may be depressed, but at least they’re not launching nuclear weapons.

Erdogan Goes All Robert Moses on Istanbul

Turks are feeling steamrollered by Prime Minister Erdogan’s development projects.

Syrian Rebels Doing Best They Can to Alienate Supporters

Were the Syrian rebels to win, how different would their rule be from Assad’s?

Who Could Have Imagined That President Obama Would Double-Down on Some of Bush’s Policies?

At least he doesn’t enjoy taking out terrorists like Bush did.

Is the Drone Program Contracting — or Expanding?

To President Obama, drones are the answer to his foreign-policy prayers.

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (5/24)

From mission creep to missileers asleep at the wheel.

“Useful Enemies”: U.S. Admitted Not Just Nazis After WWII, But Their Sadistic Collaborators

Why did the United States feel the need to admit Baltic and Eastern Europeans who at times exceeded the Nazis in brutality?

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces (5/17)

From the decline in democracy to the rise in the price of peace.

Expand Nuclear Weapons Programs to Protect Missileers’ Tender Psyches

Nuclear missile officers jobs weigh heavy on them but not for the reasons you’d think.