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.


Attacks on First Responders Transform Criminality of Drone Strikes to Sadism

The term “double tapping” fails to do justice to a military tactic that’s arguably sociopathic.

Petraeus Biographer Strokes More Than Just His Ego

From national hero to cyber stalker in 1,000 easy emails.

Drones Obliterate Shades of Gray Between Militants and Civilians

Killing someone because they look like they’re “up to no good” doesn’t really pass legal muster.

Benghazi: Conservative Concerns May Be Reality Based for Once

U.S. foreign policy and a weakened CIA may have sown the seeds for disaster.

Once More Into the Breach for the “Savior of Pakistan”

Oblivious to his status as the greatest nuclear thief in history, A.Q. Khan has started his own political party in Pakistan.

What Explains Aung San Suu Kyi’s Silence About the Persecution of Burma’s Minorities?

A prominent Burma activist takes the Nobel laureate to task.

For President, Focal Points (Not FPIF or IPS!) Endorses…

Is barring Mitt Romney from the presidency a good enough reason to pass on voting for a dream ticket?

Drones: Whatever Became of U.S. Respect for International Norms Prohibiting Assassinations?

How effortlessly drones have insinuated themselves into our national narrative.

Though Bin Laden Was Hiding in Plain Sight, His Extreme Caution Tripped Him Up

When on the run, there’s such a thing as flying too far under the radar.

Attacking the Nuclear Weapons-Industrial Complex on Both the Macro and Micro Levels

Nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation require action on two fronts: the local and policy.

Another Global Issue the Foreign Policy Debate Will Pretend Doesn’t Exist

FPIF highlights foreign affairs that, in a perfect world, the presidential candidates would debate on Monday.

Seminal New Book Shows Just How Little German Army Objected to Holocaust

“Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying” demonstrates the Wehrmacht’s acquiescence to Third Reich atrocities.

Taliban Compounds Crime of Shooting Malala With Its Legal Justifications

What next — will Pakistan’s TTP sue her?

Attacking Iran Is Like Setting Off Nuclear Bombs on the Ground

The West may not use nuclear weapons on Iran, but attacking its nuclear enrichment facilities will have a similar effect.

Thanks Due Netanyahu for Forcing Obama’s Hand on Iran

The Obama administration took a red pen to Bibi’s red line.

Off-Topic: The Presidential Debate — Does Aggressiveness Play With Swing Voters?

Research has shown that one of the main reasons Americans don’t like politics is conflict between candidates and in Congress.

If Drone Strikes Are “Surgical,” the U.S. Is Guilty of Military Malpractice

The U.S. use of drones in Pakistan is not only illegitimate, but less precise than advertised.

P5+1 Stacks the Deck Against Iran

Iran’s nuclear concessions roll off the P5+1 like water from a duck’s back.

Why Hasn’t West Responded to Beheading Videos as Some Muslims Do to Anti-Islamist Videos?

U.S. policies toward the Middle East were more of a factor in protests against “Innocence of Muslims” than insults to religion.

Liberal Hawk Poised to Swoop Down on Iran

A prominent disarmament and nonproliferation advocate gives his surprise endorsement to an attack on Iran.