May 17, 2016
ISSUE | HIROSHIMA Lower the nuclear threat I welcome President Obama's decision to be the first sitting U.S. president in the nuclear age to visit Hiroshima, the site of the first use of nuclear weapons ("Obama to make history with visit to Hiroshima," Wednesday). Remembering the horror and destruction wreaked by a relatively small nuclear weapon compared with today's nuclear weapons is crucial to generating the global will to move toward abolishing such weapons worldwide. The last nuclear reduction treaty was in 2010, between the United States and Russia.
May 13, 2016
ISSUE | HIROSHIMA At ground zero, plot the end of nukes President Obama's visit to Japan will show how far we've come since World War II ("Obama to make history with visit to Hiroshima," Wednesday). Japan is the leading U.S. ally in East Asia. The visit will provide an opportunity to begin to chart the future beyond nuclear weapons. Just as the United States was first to develop nuclear arms, we should take the lead toward a world free of this menace. Obama has reduced the nuclear threat with the START deal with Russia, cutting weapons equally, and the Iran deal, removing most of that country's uranium fuel.
April 13, 2016 |
Republican front-runner Donald Trump strengthens the Islamic State with his calls to torture terrorist suspects and proposals to prevent Muslims from entering the United States, Hillary Clinton charged Monday. "His comments are actually used by terrorist groups to recruit," Clinton said in a conference call with the Inquirer Editorial Board and reporters. She said that Trump needs to be "rejected and repudiated at every turn. " As president, Trump would make the world more dangerous, Clinton said, citing his suggestions that NATO be broken up and that Japan and South Korea be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons to defend themselves.
April 1, 2016 |
Donald Trump has finally given us greater insight into his approach to foreign policy. Last week, he not only conducted interviews with the Washington Post and New York Times, but revealed his long-promised list of foreign policy advisers, and addressed the annual AIPAC conference. His remarks led some to note that a restrained or realist worldview was implicit in Trump's statements. Unfortunately, for those who seek a more restrained foreign policy, there is little reason to celebrate.
January 6, 2016
By Pat Toomey and Tom Ridge On Dec. 16, Secretary of State John Kerry certified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Iran is in full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and that the "suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the agreement is appropriate . . . and is vital to the national security interests of the United States. " If this delusion results in the imminent lifting of sanctions, Iran will gain immediate access to more than $100 billion; the sanctions regime will be effectively over; and the only incentive for Iran even to pretend to comply with the agreement will be gone.
January 2, 2016
By Chuck Bauerlein My maternal grandfather died a few years before I was born, so I never got a chance to ask him why he brought his 16-year-old daughter with him to the city hospital that day in 1944 to help look for her missing brother and sister. The Americans had been running bombing raids over Holland, strafing Nazi forces with cluster bombs in an attempt to drive them back to Germany. My aunt and uncle had gone into town to do some shopping. When they didn't return after an hour or so, my grandfather and my mother went to find them.
September 5, 2015 |
It's too bad the clear, cogent argument Sen. Bob Casey made for his decision to support the Iran nuclear accord couldn't be aired prominently to counter deceptive television commercials opposing the deal. One ad sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews depicts presumably American children playing in their backyard just before an Iranian bomb strikes. As Casey (D., Pa.) acknowledged in an 8,000-word memo accompanying his announcement of support for the deal Tuesday, it is a risk to trust Iran to abide by the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
September 4, 2015 |
Secretary of State John F. Kerry defended the international nuclear deal with Iran as a step toward a safer world Wednesday, as the Obama administration secured enough backing in the Senate to carry out the agreement. "History may judge it a turning point, a moment when the builders of stability seize the initiative from the destroyers of hope," Kerry told an invited crowd of about 200 at the National Constitution Center. Before Kerry spoke, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.) announced her support for the accord.
July 16, 2015 |
The seven-nation agreement aimed at halting Iran's progress toward a nuclear arsenal has been criticized as merely delaying the inevitable, but that ignores the value of delay. Delay can buy valuable time to shape relationships and make better deals that might prevent the apparently inevitable from ever happening. Ultimately, the success of the pact won't be decided by those who negotiated it or the leaders of the countries they represented. It will be decided by the people of Iran, who have endured years of economic sanctions imposed on their repressive regime to reach this point.
May 22, 2015 |
Pub theater is a venerable tradition in the United Kingdom, with a drinking establishment downstairs and a small theater upstairs. Fergie's Pub is providing such a venue locally for Inis Nua's "second helping," a final show - presented as part of the Tiny Dynamite series A Play, a Pie & a Pint - tacked onto the company's main season. David Greig's The Letter of Last Resort is a little play - merely half an hour - about a big idea. Greig is the Scottish playwright who wrote the lovely Midsummer [a play with songs ]