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.


Fukushima Has Become the Sequel to “Groundhog Day”

It seems to be deja vu with Tepco and Fukushima — like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day.”

Sans Insurance, a Nuclear Meltdown Can Become a Financial Meltdown

Not only has Tepco failed to turn the corner on wrestling Fukushima into submission, no insurance company will reimburse it for the costs.

Pakistan Makes It Hard to Defend From the “They Don’t Value Human Life” Libel

First, it provides sanctuary to Osama bin Laden. Now it’s expanding its nuclear-weapons program.

Bin Laden Had Jumped the Shark Anyway

Jihadism had passed Osama bin Laden by.

Addle-Brained Islamic Extremists Take Revenge on Muslims for bin Laden’s Killing

Islamist extremists continue to have no qualms about targeting Muslims.

What if the U.S. Actually Attempted to Seize Pakistan’s Nukes?

How would a U.S. attempt to take over Pakistan’s nuclear weapons play out?

Is Pakistan Justified in Its Fear of U.S. Takeover of Its Nuke Program?

Pakistanis may be correct when they assume Americans would like to assume control of their nuclear-weapons program.

Retaliate in Kind Even if Doomed by a Nuclear Attack? Really?

If doomed by a nuclear attack, what does it avail us to retaliate?

Thanks to Fukushima Nuclear Terrorism Got a Whole Lot Easier

Fukushima has revealed a weak spot in nuclear reactors to terrorists.

Decapitating the Head of the Snake: bin Laden and Our Inner Avenger

Why did Deputy National Security Advisor Brennan use decapitation as a metaphor for killing bin Laden?

A Bin Laden Trial a “Circus”? Who Doesn’t Like a Circus?

Bin Laden’s death is the intelligence world’s loss.

Was Bin Laden Killed Because U.S. Feared He Might Be Found Innocent in Court?

The point-blank shooting of Osama bin Laden raises questions.

U.S. and Japan Equally Shameless in Shuttling Officials From Regulatory Agencies to Nuclear Energy Industry

Both American and Japanese officials typically leave the government for cushy jobs in the nuclear-energy industry.

Nuclear Energy Needs Handouts, Can’t Cut It in Free Market

Nuclear energy is just another U.S. industry that requires federal subsidies.

North Korea Ready to Deal, But West Wants It to Go All In

Facing famine, North Korea may be prepared to make concessions with its nuclear-weapons program.

Should We Feel Guilty Over How Sad the Deaths of Hetherington and Hondros Make Us?

Can mourning Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros more deeply than Libyans who are killed be justified?

Fear of Fukushima Radiation Only Led to More Radiation

Tepco’s reluctance to vent any radiation led to an explosion at Fukushima.

Forces Opposed to Dangerous, Extravagant Nuke Project Get Day in Court

Nuclear watchdogs fight a new facility to build the part that makes nuclear weapons explode.

Is the Nuclear Taboo More of a Deterrent Than Deterrence Itself?

Deterrence must share credit with the nuclear taboo for keeping us from nuclear war.