If Israel does decide to bomb Iran, however, what will it mean for the United States? According to former White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, Americans should brace for a painful impact. Within a week of the first Israeli attack, says Clarke, a worst case scenario would bring soaring gas prices, terror attacks in U.S. cities, worldwide cyberwar, dead and wounded U.S. sailors, and the real possibility of broad American military involvement.
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Iran may think it can string along its Western dupes for a few more months and then perhaps think of some other ruse to put off a confrontation. But unlike the North Koreans, the Iranians need to understand that Israel will jump on the next failure of diplomacy as a justification for the use of force, and President Obama will, despite his own reluctance to come to grips with the imperative for action, be left with little wriggle room if he is to make good on his own promises to put a halt to Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. In agreeing to these talks, the ayatollahs may have unwittingly cleared the path for an Israeli attack.
Saudi Arabia influences American policy through both conventional and unconventional methods, ranging from lobbying and endowments to think tanks, policy centers, universities, and workshops for schoolteachers, all due to the petro-dollars that have been generated from America’s addiction to foreign oil. With chapters written by long-time experts in the fields of national security, foreign policy, education, and law, this book uses first-hand accounts to explore the Saudis’ vast grip. It addresses how Saudi influence has eased the rise of domestic terrorism as well as a promulgation of pernicious ideas regarding American foreign policy. All this has produced a philosophy of moral equivalency, mitigating against a sense...
Should the United States reduce its nuclear warheads to 300 as is being proposed by advocates of Global Zero (the campaign to eliminate all nuclear weapons worldwide)? Advocates of that number contend it would be sufficient to drop three bombs on each of fifty Russian and Chinese cities. Sounds reasonable, write the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
No. Not to us. It is, in fact, a terrible and dangerous idea. Such a reduction in the US stockpile would not only encourage the spread of nuclear weapons, but also make every crisis a possible nuclear Armageddon and even eventually cripple the US ability to maintain a credible, effective, stable and secure nuclear deterrent. In short, lowering our...
Here’s how GPT works: “For each object in your problem, you break it into parts and ask two questions,” explains McCaffrey, who is now a post-doctoral fellow in UMass’s engineering department. “1. Can it be broken down further? and 2. — this is the one that’s been overlooked — Does my description of the part imply a use?” So you’re given two steel rings and told to make a figure-8 out of them. Your tools? A candle and a match. Melted wax is sticky, but the wax isn’t strong enough to hold the rings together. What about the other part of the candle? The wick. The word implies a use: Wicks are set afire to give light. “That tends to hinder people’s ability...
A new report from the World Bank argues that the task is getting tougher. According to World Bank President Robert Zoellick, the Chinese economic model is “unsustainable” and could fall into a “middle income trap” if the country does not embrace significant reform that, among other things, promotes a rise in productivity as well as the accumulation of human capital.
The report called “China 2030,” done in conjunction with the Development Research Center, a think tank associated with China’s State Council, and released on Feb. 27, calls for change in several key areas: tax reform, green growth, improvements in rights for rural residents and financial liberalization.
How will China react this time? Will it use its vessels to disrupt survey work, as it did against both the Philippines and Vietnam last year?
The official China Daily last week accused the Philippines of breaching the ASEAN-China voluntary code of conduct in the South China Sea and choosing “once again to be a troublemaker.” China’s Global Times said that it was “probably time for China to take some substantial moves, such as economic sanctions, to counter aggression from the Philippines since protests and condemnation (by Beijing) have not worked.”
Meanwhile, Manila is seeking increased U.S. aid for its weak defense forces and preparing to give Washington more access to its ports and...
The road-mobile ICBM bolsters North Korea’s already-deployed launch-pad-fired Taepodong-2 missile that has been tested.
The new missile is also raising concerns in the U.S. intelligence community that North Korea will sell the missile to Iran, as it has done with past medium-range Nodong missiles.
Adm. Willard said the mobile missile is “advertised to be significant in terms of its range capability.”
“The earthquake hit and all heck broke loose,” said George Love, vice president for the firm that manufactures ThyroShield, a liquid form of potassium iodide. “Then it really did die down very quickly.”
… some of the product he sold to consumers last year will be set to expire soon, perhaps prompting new sales. Potassium iodide pills expire seven years after manufacture, according to extended guidelines from the federal Food and Drug Administration. But there’s no danger to taking outdated pills and they’ll still be effective because the material is essentially stable according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Older pills simply might not dissolve as quickly, studies have...
“Where are we here? Are we close or are we not close?” he asked. “I think the suspicion is that it could be sooner rather than later.”
Anderson’s research supports that conclusion.
Experts generally agree that last great Cascadia earthquake happened on Jan. 26, 1700. It generated tsunami waves that indicated that its magnitude was also about 9.0.
“Earthquakes of this size in the past may have recurred with intervals of as small as about 300 years,” Anderson said at the AAAS conference last month. “So it would not be a scientific surprise if such an event were to occur in the near future. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, look at the videos of Tohoku as a reminder to be...
From the Norwegian Coast Guard to Israeli drone technicians, 8 surprising winners of China’s massive military buildup.
Even by the hot-money standards of China’s economy, defense is an exceptionally lucrative growth industry. The country’s 11.2 percent defense budget increase announced March 4, which gives the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) $106 billion to spend in 2012, is merely the latest in a long succession of generous budget hikes that have doubled China’s military resources every six or seven years since the early 1990s.
Yet some beneficiaries of Beijing’s military largesse can be found far beyond China’s shores. …
1. The Norwegian Coast Guard
MPs in Britain’s lower House of Commons backed Conservative Dominic Raab‘s motion to push the government into implementing asset freezes and travel bans on those suspected of involvement in the killing of Sergei Magnitsky in Russia.
Magnitsky was working for London-based Hermitage Capital Management when he alleged that he had found evidence of corruption among senior Moscow officials.
On tabling the motion, Raab said: “Between 2007 and 2008, working for Hermitage Capital, he exposed the biggest tax fraud in Russian history, worth $230 million (175 million euros).
Israel and the U.S. have agreed to stick with sanctions as the only leverage against Iran for now, while Iran, bowing to international pressure, agrees to talks and perhaps the presence of U.N. inspectors at the disputed Parchin military testing center.
A top Hamas official rejected Wednesday reports that the militant group would stay out of an armed conflict between Israel and Iran, saying that if indeed such a war erupts Hamas will retaliate with “utmost power.”
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