weapons of mass destruction

McCain supports GTZ: Nuclear disarmament now mainstream

Republican presidential candidate John McCain earlier today gave a landmark speech on the responsibility to engage more seriously in disarmament. Given the two Democrat frontrunners have already explicitly leant their weight to the vision, this is the clearest indication yet that nuclear disarmament has now achieved the mainstream - and it is now out of touch to oppose it.

Dr Khan and the Keystone Cops

It appears that the story of Dr Khan provides a nearly endless saga for those seeking to discern lessons to be learned from his experiences. In that regard the newest batter to step up to the plate is the US Government Accountability Office, which just today, released the report Nonproliferation: US Efforts to Combat Nuclear Networks Need Better Data on Proliferation Risks and Program Results (GAO-08-21, October 31) .

Famous last words

Since I just quoted Dr Ben Ouagrham-Gormley in the last post, it seems only fair that I mention this past article she wrote, published in the July/August issue of Arms Control Today.

The bottom line of her article, 'An Unrealized Nexus? WMD-related Trafficking, Terrorism, and Organized Crime in the Former Soviet Union' is this:

The reports of the nexus are greatly exaggerated

If you've heard it once, you've heard the conventional wisdom a thousand times, ie, the nuclear black market will help terrorist groups obtain the materials and technology to make a nuclear, or a radiological weapon.

Well, here's good news, sort of. The conventional wisdom is wrong. At least it is, according to Dr Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley, who is a senior project manager in the Center for Nonproliferation Studies Washington office.

You see, Richard, we all have to make compromises...

And now let us return to the days of yore, February 11, 2004, when President Bush, made remarks on Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation.


President Bush actually said (no, really, I’m not kidding) some good things about how to prevent proliferation.


But, in light of what I’ve previously posted about Richard Barlow, I’m thinking that perhaps the US government might want to rethink how much it appreciates the efforts of the men and women of our intelligence community:

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Other unknown smuggling networks evidently exist

A National Defense University report released earlier this month makes a connection between Khan-like networks and nuclear terrorism.

The report from the NDU's Center for Technology and National Security Policy found that global cooperation between law enforcement agencies and a coordinated nuclear detection network is needed if the world hopes to prevent terrorists from acquiring WMD material.

Khan and the Butter Factory

On May 6 2007, The Washington Times published an article by editor at large Arnaud de Borchgrave, talking about the common link between North Korea, Iran, and Libya. That would be Dr Khan's network, of course. Or as JRR Tolkien memorably put it in the Lord of the Rings, One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

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