In late summer 1995, a fax arrived at my office. The written invitation came by mail a week later. Sarkis Soghanalian, the international arms dealers, had been released from an American prison and had set up shop in Paris. He was hosting his coming out party. A larger than life character, he wanted the world to know he was back in business. He also wanted to thank his friends and family who had stood by him through that awful ordeal. I was included because I had kept in touch with him throughout his prison term, bringing journalists to interview him. I knew if the media was watching, the authorities would be less reticent to try something sinister. Continue reading The Death of The Merchant of War
Obama Administration hopes that the lame duck Senate will pass the nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia have been diminished. According to a story by Laura Rozen in Politico, “… a Nov. 5 memo from the Republican Policy Committee to Senate GOP staffers asserts that ‘it’s not time for the Senate to vote’ on the U.S.-Russian strategic arms control treaty.’” The memo said: “Although the treaty may very well preserve the ability of the United States to modernize its nuclear forces, it in no way answers the question of whether the Obama Administration is sufficiently committed to that end.” According to Rozen, Republican Policy Committee national security staffer Michael Stransky wrote the memo, which reviews the points in a State Department fact sheet on new START that was distributed last week.
You can read more at http://www.politico.com/blogs/laurarozen/1110/GOP_memo_urges_delay_to_START_vote.html
Continue reading GOP Says No New START Vote During Lame Duck Session
U.S. officials hailed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty as a milestone in attempts to draw down on the number of nuclear weapons in the world. But Russia has criticized the U.S. development of a non-nuclear weapons system, the Prompt Global Strike program, saying its missiles could be as destabilizing as nuclear warheads.
Continue reading WaPo: Pentagon to continue development of conventional weapons after ratification of START