Halting defense tests not in best interest of nation

Freedom Newspapers Imagine a scenario in which the United States must confront a rogue regime on the brink of deploying a nuclear weapon, with the stated purpose of obliterating a key U.S. ally — Iran, for instance. Short of launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike and shattering a longstanding taboo against the use of such weapons, […]

Russian-Iranian uranium deal may avert showdown

Freedom Newspapers The announcement that Iran and Russia have reached a tentative deal for Russia to enrich uranium in Russia for nuclear plants in Iran offers a faint hope that a showdown between Iran and the “international community” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions can be averted — for now. No doubt there will be deviltry in […]

Israel won’t solve problems with Iran

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist It is remarkable how quickly discussions about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons turn to Israel. “Well,” worriers are reassured, “Israel will never permit Iran to go nuclear. Remember Osirak?” Very well. In 1981, Israeli planes streaked across the desert at low altitude and destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, […]

Leaving Iraq would translate to defeat

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist True to their heritage in foreign policy, 40 out of 45 Democratic senators voted this month to demand a timetable for withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. As in every conflict since Vietnam, Democrats are hoping not to succeed but to skedaddle. Imagine if the Democrats held a majority in […]

U.S. has limited options dealing with Iran threat

On the surface it might seem strange that President Bush has responded in such a low-key fashion to news that the Iranian government rejected a proposal from Britain, France and Germany and decided to resume work at its uranium processing plant in Isfahan. Few people outside Iran believe that country, sitting on huge oil reserves, […]

Evil men still seek power to destroy us

By Mona Charen: CNJ columnist With bombs exploding in Iraq on an almost daily basis; with nearly 1,800 American soldiers dead; with London braced for more terror attacks; and with bitter recriminations emanating from liberals in Britain and America over Downing Street memos, yellow cake from Niger, Gitmo, Valerie Plame, Abu Ghraib, the Patriot Act, […]

Close relations with India worth taking chance

Freedom Newspapers To those who remember the sometimes contentious and troubled relations between India and the United States, especially during the Cold War, the sight of President Bush and Indian President Manmohan Singh rubbing shoulders and proclaiming eternal friendship last Monday might have seemed a little jarring. President Bush’s offer to change U.S. laws to […]

Congress should get serious about nuclear energy

Freedom Newspapers Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is urging his congressional colleagues and President Bush to get serious about curbing not only global warming but also porkbarrel spending. One excellent way to do both is to get serious about nuclear-generated electricity. America has been in a nuclear-energy funk since things went haywire at the Three Mile […]

Nuclear deterrence may be only option

Steve Chapman It’s only the third quarter, but right now the scoreboard reads: Axis of Evil 2, Bush 1. While Saddam Hussein may be in jail, North Korea has announced it has nuclear weapons and Iran is moving briskly in that direction. The administration, which has all the trouble it can handle coping with its […]

Kerry just too soft to hold presidency

By Mona Charon: Syndicated Columnist NEW YORK — I have never seen so many police — and for the first time I really understand Rudolph Giuliani’s love for “New York’s finest.” Convention goers were impressed with their hospitality, their politeness and their restraint in the face of some extremely obnoxious protesters. (Many of the protesters, […]

Government must clean up its nuclear act

Freedom Newspapers Whether it’s merely an “accounting discrepancy” or something more troubling, the news that more nuclear data is apparently missing from an Energy Department regional office in Albuquerque — revealed after the discovery that several computer disks with sensitive data were missing from the top-secret section of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New […]

Most of us thought Saddam had WMDs

Walter Williams Listening to the political and media rhetoric about the war in Iraq, you’d think that only President Bush thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Here are just a few past statements made by Bush’s critics. President Clinton (1998): “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity […]

U.S. – Pakistan affiliation based on compromise

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the most important lesson to be drawn from the revelation — or belated admission — that the “father” of Pakistan’s atomic bomb program has been an active nuclear proliferator is that making foreign policy on the basis of moralistic judgments is dubious business. The United States thought it needed Pakistan after 9/11 […]

Nuclear accord is cause for cautious optimism in U.S.

Freedom Newspapers The news that three European diplomats have persuaded Iran to accept stricter international inspections of its nuclear facilities hardly eliminates all cause for concern that Iran might try to develop nuclear weapons. But it would be wise for the United States to approach it with cautious optimism and cooperation. In a way, the […]

North Korea’s neighbors could be best control

Freedom Newspapers Only a few years ago, a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries would have focused on good intentions about making trade freer and more open. The fact this meeting is dominated by talk of North Korea and terrorism underlines not only the preoccupations of the Bush administration but also how the world […]