posted by Paul Hamill on February 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Current and former U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar wrote to President Barack Obama last year indicating an interest in talks key to ending the war in Afghanistan.
DEB RIECHMANN / Associated Press
The Taliban are not beaten, the peace process is bogged down in internal squabbles and Afghan security forces aren’t ready to take control of the nation. Yet the U.S. and its partners are talking about speeding up – rather than slowing down – their exit from the war.
U.S. lawmakers are steeling for a public battle against the possible transfer of Taliban detainees out of Guantanamo Bay prison, a key step in the Obama administration’s bid to broker a peace deal ending the war in Afghanistan.
Jim Ludes/ Pell Center
The confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program appears to be heading toward a crescendo—and that’s not the same as a resolution.
Simon Jenkis / The Guardian
As we ‘withdraw’ from Afghanistan across the Taliban’s golden bridge, we could be heading for catastrophe over Iran… The Afghan war, the longest in US history, is “scheduled to end” a year early, according to the Pentagon. Wars these days run to electoral timetables. The endgame is couched not as victory, let alone defeat, but as “expedited withdrawal”.
Andrew Holland / The Hill
The commission released a list of 8 specific recommendations, ranging from working more closely with communities hostingnuclear waste to promptly initiating efforts to plan, site, and build both a permanent geologic disposal facility and a temporary central storage facility. The entire list provides a roadmap for how to constructively move forward on this issue. It is a balanced approach that deserves timely consideration from Congress and the administration.
Joshua Foust /PBS
Twenty years ago, the Soviet Union collapsed. In its wake was a small grouping of nuclear-armed countries possessing a huge stockpile of weaponry and delivery systems. These countries had few functioning institutions, serious money issues, and lots of uncertainty.
Snehlata Shrivastav, / The Times of India
India, one of the seven participating countries, is keeping pace with the development work assigned to it as part of the joint project to produce energy from fusion, using deuterium and tritium, the two hydrogen isotopes, as fuel at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), said project director of India-ITER Shishir Deshpande.
Politics and news aside, when looking at possible attacks on Iran the consequences vastly outweigh the advantages. Attacking Iran is definitely not, to use Matthew Kroening’s words, the least worst option, it is the worst option.
Just as the United States and Soviet Union competed to have better nuclear weapons technology, the same is true today of security software and programming. As this new field continues to rapidly expand, I think it is likely that a similar sort of arms buildup is occurring. The threat of a cyber attack, which can be executed with no warning, at any time, from anywhere, can act mainly as a strong deterrent, much like nuclear submarines.
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