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.


Preempting the Need for Vetting Insurgents

The C.I.A. is evaluating Syrian rebels to see which groups qualify for arms aid.

My Non-intervention Problem

How did a positive concept like intervention become a dirty word?

Taliban Vaccination Ban: Paranoia or Based in Fact?

Is the Taliban have justified in denying Afghan children the polio vaccine?

Congress Attempts to Legislate Away Containment of Iran and Replace It With War

As always, the United States stands ready to attack weaker states while at a stand-off with stronger states.

To ISAF, Committing Atrocities Means Only Having to Say You’re Sorry

An apology is empty if you have no intention of changing your ways.

How the Nazis Stole Storytelling

The Nazis coopted the narrative form and turned it into propaganda.

Will Stuxnet Start Another Arms Race?

Stuxnet provides ready-made justification for those who would retaliate in kind.

The Other Case for Intervention in Syria

Syrians face another threat beyond the massacre of its civilians by the Assad regime.

Just How Many Cyberattacks Will Iran Take Sitting Down?

Iran is suffering from cyberattacks and sanctions, even though it has halted its support for terrorist attacks — and has no nuclear-weapons program.

Drone Strikes Magically Transform Dead Civilians Into Assassinated Militants

Civilians killed in drone attacks are sometimes classified as militants.

When Old Hawks Retract Their Talons

The annals of national security are replete with retired generals expressing second thoughts about how militarized the United States has become.

Is the Pope’s Butler the Vatican’s Bradley Manning?

In the Vatican leaks case, the media is flogging “the butler did it” angle.

The Award for Most Inventive Use of a Nuclear Weapon Goes To…

During the Korean War, generals devised a novel use for nuclear weapons.

Supporting MEK a Lose-Lose Proposition for Israel

Israel has squandered its cherished state-sponsor-of-terrorism card on a bad bet.

The Book About Terrorism Crying Out to Be Written

Needed: more studies linking the likes of KSM to child abuse.

Are Islamists Role Models to Christian Fundamentalists?

Christian fundamentalists may envy the extent to which religion permeates the state in the Middle East.

U.S. Sides With Israel’s Nukes Over Iran’s Lack Thereof

Trying to defend a state with illegal nuclear weapons over one with none is a recipe for disaster.

Stateless and Fancy-Free

Increasingly, rich Americans feel no allegiance to the United States.