We’re in deep doo-doo.Dick Cheney, in a closed-door meeting with congressional Republicans, on the situation in North Korea. Cheney may be right, but his credibility is undermined both by his own record of assessing foreign threats and, perhaps more significantly, the fact that he used the word “doo-doo” to describe the prospect of nuclear war. He gets points, however, for reportedly wearing a cowboy hat to the meeting. source
I think the individuals in North Korea understand that Austin, Texas, is now a very important city in America, as do corporate CEOs and other people who are moving here in record numbers.Texas Governor Rick Perry, explaining his theory on why Kim Jong-un listed Austin, TX as a possible target for a nuclear strike. source
We agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war.President Barack Obama • Following a two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin — the first since Putin’s return to the presidency — prior to the beginning of a G20 summit in Mexico. The two discussed a wide range of issues that their respective nations have clashed over in the past, including missile defense systems in Europe and Iran’s nuclear ambitions, with Putin telling reporters that, “From my perspective, we’ve been able to find many commonalities pertaining to all of those issues.” source (via • follow)
Talking nukes in Seoul: President Obama is presently en route to South Korea, where he’ll join with more than fifty other world leaders in a summit on nuclear security. In addition to discussions with South Korea, a U.S. ally, he reportedly plans to specifically meet with the leaders of Russia, Turkey, and Kazakhstan. The summit is already thick with tension, with recent claims by North Korea that they intend to launch a satellite (ostensibly a tribute to former dictator Kim Il-sung, still the official, posthumous president of North Korea) into space, via rocket. South Korea, Japan, and the U.S. have decried the launch, believing it to be a long-range missile test under the guise of official ceremony. source
» That is, if it’s even developing one. According to Reuters, it’s the consensus among Israel, the US, and European allies that not only is Iran is a long way from developing a nuclear weapon; there’s a good chance it’s not even actively attempting to do so. A communications intercept from 2006 or 2007 revealed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian officer and physicist, complaining that the country’s leadership had halted its weaponization program. US intelligence ultimately concluded that, while Iran has likely taken steps to allow for the possibility of future warhead construction, it hasn’t had an active nuclear weapons program since 2003. The whole report is very much worth reading; it’s one of the most in-depth, detailed examinations of the subject we’ve ever seen.
Now is the time to heed that timeless advice from Teddy Roosevelt: speak softly, but carry a big stick.President Barack Obama • Speaking before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the day before he is scheduled to meet with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Although he was quick to condemn what he believed to be “too much loose talk of war”, President Obama pleased many in attendance when he confirmed he would not support “containment” of a nuclear-armed Iran. When asked about the possibility of military intervention, the President replied, “I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests.”source (via • follow)