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.


Flow of Jihadists From Syria to Iraq Reversed

Al Qaeda never met a conflict it didn’t like.

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Second Coming With Nuclear War

A nuclear holocaust: it is written.

Lady Gaga Unwittingly Serves the Cause of Arms Control

Rep. Edward Markey is sponsoring a bill calling for deep nuclear-weapons cuts.

Sequential Drone Attacks Double the Brutality

The United States levels the moral playing field by blasting it to pieces.

Using Pro-Life to Sell Nuclear Disarmament

Evangelicals and Catholics have been known to conflate abortion and nuclear war.

Playing One Side Off the Other Only Hurts Pakistan in the End

A state whose national-security policy is founded on duplicity founders there.

Israel v. Iran: “U.S. Assets” Might Not Be American

The term “U.S. assets” is a little too open to interpretation.

Burma: Don’t Believe the Hype

Burma’s President Thein Sein seems to think a veneer of democracy is enough to get sanctions lifted.

Dear Secretary Panetta: U.S. Taxpayers Have Better Things to Do With Their Money Than Fund Nukes in Europe

The Project for Government Oversight has written a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reminding him that it’s U.S. taxpayers who pay for nuclear weapons in Europe.

We’re America and We’ll Breach Whatever Perimeter We Want

TomDispatch tries to get us to see things from Iran’s point of view.

Pit of Pits: Los Alamos Proposed Plutonium Facility

The U.S. nuclear-weapons program is awash in nuclear-warhead triggers.

U.S. Legal Justifications for Nuclear Weapons Fall Flat on Their Face

The United States makes a weak case for the possession and use of nuclear weapons.

The West Judges Iran by Not One, But Two Double Standards

Iran scores low on the West’s unspoken rationality and ethics indexes.

Putting a Country on a Leash: Iran and Uranium

Perhaps the only way for the West to keep an eye on Iran’s uranium enrichment program is to stop objecting to its continuation.

Is Disarmament to Proliferation as Spending Is to Austerity?

Calling for states to disarm to prevent nuclear proliferation may be as tough a sell as asking them to spend during an economic crisis instead of cutting spending.

What Country Most Resembles Iran in Its Power Structure?

Negotiating with Iran requires talking to it on many levels.

How Does Netanyahu Think He Can Get Away With Bombing Iran?

However bloody the aftermath, he’s not likely to be charged with war crimes.

“Dagan Could Not Have Set Foot in Washington Again”

News that Mossad officers posed as CIA officers to recruit Jundallah terrorists for operations within Iran has been under attack from all quarters.

Supporting Assad Shreds Iran’s Credibility With Radical Islam

Iran’s support for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad further mocks the Islamic Revolution.

Will the Right Listen to Its Go-Slow Guy on Iran?

A conservative makes a modicum of sense on Iran.