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    Countdown to the Summit of the Americas: Chavez in Tehran

    “Arriving in Tehran,” Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez declared, “for us is like arriving at one’s home town.” It certainly should be as this is his sixth as President. The purpose of the visit, Chavez announced was to form with Iran a “common revolutionary front … in the world.” As for … More

    Morning Bell: A Missile Defense Wake Up Call

    Barring a sudden change in weather, sometime tonight North Korea will likely launch a multistage rocket over Japan, far into the Pacific Ocean. The Kim Jong Il regime is claiming the launch is a test of their civilian satellite program, but it is widely understood that this claim is just … More

    Who is Holding the GAO Accountable?

    The USA Today cites an independent report that questions the effectiveness of the ground-based missile defense interceptors the United States plans to deploy in Europe to counter a potential long-range Iranian nuclear-tipped ballistic missile threat. The report comes from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an auditing and investigative arm of … More

    Pushing the Wrong Buttons

    Friday night, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a dinner in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss US-Russian relations. As a token, Secretary Clinton brought a yellow box with a button and the words “reset” on both sides in English and Russian. Apparently, the State … More

    North Korea: Closer to Its Target

    The Obama administration this week again questioned the workability of America’s still-developing defenses against intercontinental ballistic missiles. Only days earlier, though, the  U.S. commander in the Pacific said that if North Korea tests a long-range missile, the military not only would track it but could well blow the missile out … More

    So, Talk Is Not Enough

    It’s not going to be as easy as Obama thought. As candidate, he received kudos for saying that “strong presidents and strong countries … talk to their adversaries,” implying that the Bush Administration did not even try. He promised he would sit down with Iran, for example, to settle our … More

    A Missile Defense "Center of Excellence"

    Last night, at a screening of the missile defense documentary 33 Minutes in Fredericksburg, Virginia the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead announced that the Naval Support Facility at Dahlgren Naval Support Facility will host the new Navy Air and Missile Defense Command. The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reports: Roughead … More

    Missile Mayhem

    When is a negotiation not a negotiation? And a rejection not a rejection? Apparently in the Alice in Wonderland exchange of notes and replies between the United States and Russia. President Obama sent a secret letter to the Russian president suggesting if Iran did not have a nuclear and ballistic … More

    Let the Backstabbing Begin

    We wish we were more surprised by the news this morning that the Obama Administration sent a secret letter to the Kremlin offering to turn tail on U.S. missile defense commitments to Eastern Europe in exchange for Russian help stopping Iran from developing long-range weapons. But former assistant secretary of … More

    Morning Bell: An Audaciously Bad Missile Deal

    Describing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s message in a private meeting with the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates Monday, a U.S. official told the Washington Post: “She said we are under no illusions about Iran and our eyes are wide open.” Well someone in the Obama Administration is … More