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.


The Secret to Islam’s Rapid Expansion: Free Love (?)

Christianity was an equal-opportunity hater of both Muslims and Jews.

Iran Errata: Iran War Hawks Can’t Have It Both Ways

Led astray by conventional wisdom about Iran? We’re here to help.

Albright and ISIS Still Believe Danilenko and Parchin Are Radioactive

A representative of the Institute for Science and International Security responds to one of our posts.

Iran Errata: Parchin and the Common Ground of Afghanistan

There’s never a shortage of misconceptions about Iran.

Sanctifying the Killing of Muslims

The first crusade not only condoned killing Muslims, it turned it into a virtue.

Do Albright and ISIS Buy Parchin Clean-up Story or Don’t They?

The Institute for Science and International Security, no friend to Iran, struggles with the Parchin clean-up story.

Israel Has Its Own Doomsday Clock

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s threats toward Iran are becoming increasingly unveiled.

Assad Is Not All That’s Toxic About Syria

Are the chemical weapons that Syria possesses cause for intervention?

President Obama Drinks the Israel “Delegitimization” Kool-Aid

He continues to cater to Israel’s sensitivities, no matter how irrational.

Iran Tries to Take the Moral High Ground on Nukes

Supreme Leader Khameini and Iran’s Foreign Minister Salehi say all the right things about nuclear weapons.

Why Does the U.S. Think Iran Would Attack It if Israel Attacked Iran?

American officials believe that Iran would retaliate against the United States even if the U.S. doesn’t take part.

Hyping Threats Is a Smokescreen That Obscures the Real Threats

The problem with hyping national security threats is that it nudges greater threats such as global warming off the public’s radar screen.

Iran Already Has a Strong Deterrent

What would be the benefits to Iran of developing nuclear weapons?

As Always, Good News About Nukes Soon Eclipsed by the Bad

Optimism about U.S. budget cuts to nukes was soon overtaken by tension over Iran’s nuclear enrichment program and a fire on a Russian nuclear sub.

Talk of Lowered Nuke Numbers Leaves Conservatives Sputtering

Is President Obama getting serious about nuclear disarmament again?

Proactive Syrian Opposition Intent on Not Becoming Another Iraq or Libya

Nir Rosen’s reporting from Syria for alJazeera reveals the character of the opposition.

Low Tax Rates for the Rich Harm Not Only the Economy, But Defense

Tax cuts for the rich means less money for national security.

Georgia: NATO Membership in Exchange for Use as a Base for War With Iran?

The United States may also be working to ensure Georgian President Saakashvili’s re-election.

Nuclear Pit Boondoggle at Los Alamos Temporarily Scuttled

The new federal budget calls for Los Alamos’s new “nuclear pit” facility to be postponed for five years.