Nunn wants to eliminate nukes

first_imgSam Nunn, former Democratic senator from Georgia (1973-97), is well known as an eminence in the realm of U.S. security policy.But there was a time when he was just a young lawyer who had never been abroad — or even north of Washington. Just a few months out of law school, he was working as a staff attorney for the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. His boss asked him to fill in for him on a three-week tour of NATO bases in Europe.The timing was significant: October 1962, in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis — “the most dangerous moment in human history,” as it has since been called.The young Nunn got a top-secret daily security briefing during his travels, which took him, at one point, to Ramstein Air Base in Germany at the peak of the crisis. There he met with the U.S. Air Force four-star general who, sitting a few feet from an impressive array of communications equipment, told Nunn that if he received orders to deploy his nuclear-armed aircraft, he would have just seconds in which to respond — to get them up into the air before Soviet jets took them out on the ground.“That was my introduction to the possibility of nuclear war,” Nunn told a Harvard audience last week at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum of the Institute of Politics. “It made a huge impression on me, and I made a decision then that if I ever had an opportunity to help reduce the nuclear dangers and to raise the nuclear threshold, so that everybody would have more time before they undertook this kind of God-awful, almost planet-ending kind of military response and action, I would try to do it.”Nunn was at Harvard on Oct. 17 to deliver the first Robert S. McNamara Lecture on War and Peace. The lecture took the form of an interview by Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and was followed by questions from the floor.Robert S. McNamara himself, secretary of defense from 1961 through 1968 and now 92 years old, was present at the lecture with his wife, Diana, and was given the honor of asking the first question from the floor: “Do you think it’s practical to organize an international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons within five years?”In January 2007 Nunn joined with William Perry, secretary of defense under President Clinton, and two former secretaries of state, Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, to write an article published in The Wall Street Journal calling for “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons.” At last week’s Forum, Nunn acknowledged that this vision, put forth by a quartet that Allison called “four of the bluest chips in the national security business,” would take some time to achieve.“It won’t happen within five years,” Nunn said in response to McNamara’s question. “Right now we can’t see the top of the mountain. We’re going to have to get to the base camp.”Nunn has also been active in efforts to secure “loose nukes” through the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which he chairs with TV mogul Ted Turner.Among the other points Nunn made:The need to slow things down“We’ve got to get weapons off hair-trigger alert,” Nunn said. “We’ve got to work with Russia on warning time. It makes no sense for them to have only a few minutes to decide whether to fire all their nuclear weapons.” He also noted that over the past 10 years, Russia has dropped the “no first use” policy for nuclear weapons.The need to include RussiaNunn was sharply critical of the United States, Europe, and Russia for failing to devise a Euro-Atlantic security architecture that includes Russia. Noting that some analysts seem to believe that Russia needs to be isolated, Nunn commented, “Look at the map and see how you’re going to isolate Russia. That’s a joke.”Rethinking NATONATO needs to rethink itself, and bring its military and political sides back into sync, Nunn said. “We’re bogging down in Afghanistan.” Moreover, the possibility of admitting Georgia or Ukraine, or even Russia, to NATO raises numerous questions that haven’t been thought through, he said. “How are we going to defend Georgia? What about Ukraine?”After the collapse of the Soviet bloc, he said, “we used NATO to signal you’re accepted in the West.” Had the European Union, a nonmilitary organization, been used to send that signal, it “would have changed the psychology” of the region, Nunn said.Missile defenseNunn distinguished between missile defense, which he supports, and “star wars,” which he does not. He also noted that had the United States taken up the Russian offer to base part of its missile defense system on Russian soil, there would have been an opportunity for constructive diplomacy in other ways.He noted pointedly, “We haven’t seen what we paid Poland” to win its cooperation on the missile defense sites. If the United States has had to give Warsaw security assurances going beyond Article 5 of the Atlantic Charter, that suggests that NATO is losing credibility.Pakistan“Pakistan is probably the most dangerous country on the face of the earth,” Nunn said. Its archrival, India, is also nuclear-armed, and has an advantage in conventional weapons.last_img read more

Injured Samuels involved in nasty spat

NewsRegionalSports Injured Samuels involved in nasty spat by: – January 7, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Share Share Tweet 17 Views   no discussions Marlon Samuels … involved in nasty spat with Shane Warne.MELBOURNE, Australia, Monday January 7, 2013 – West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been charged with two offences following his ugly clash with Shane Warne during a match between Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash league on Sunday.Samuels, who plays for the Melbourne Renegades, has been charged with engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player and unbecoming behavior.The second charge breaches Cricket Australia’s Code of Behaviour which states that “players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could (a) bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute or (b) be harmful to the interests of cricket”.The clash, which happened in phases and which overshadowed the game, involved shirt grabbing, bat and ball throwing as well as the use of expletives.Cricket Australia confirmed the list of charges on Monday, most of which were slapped on Warne, captain of Melbourne Stars.Warne was found guilty of three: showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision; engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player; and using obscene, offensive or generally insulting language to another player.The world class spinner was found not guilty of throwing the ball at or near a player in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner.Warne has been suspended for one match and was fined $4500 following the fracas at the MCG, while Cricket Australia is yet to confirm a time for Samuels hearing.Samuels ended the match with a potentially serious injury to his eye socket after he top-edged a Lasith Malinga delivery through the grille of his helmet.A suspension may not affect his availability.The Renegades coach Simon Helmot said Samuels was recovering at the team hotel and would be taking some time off to care for his injury.“We’re now waiting for the swelling around his eye to subside before determining the full extent of the blow,” Helmot said.“We are also assessing what, if anything, this means in terms of squad composition for the remainder of the tournament and will take action to source an international replacement if necessary.”Samuels was confronted physically and verbally by Warne during the Melbourne Renegades innings at the MCG, perhaps in retaliation for an incident that had occurred earlier during the Melbourne Stars innings.(Video credit: YouTube – TheCricketPage) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOgwxLAJ7lc[/youtube]During that incident, Samuels appeared to grab David Hussey by the shirt and prevent him taking off for a second run.“You want to grab some more people? F*** you Marlon.” Shouted Warne, as he came down to pitch to confront Samuels who has just changed his mind about attempting a run.Warne then grabbed Samuels’ shirt and pointed at him threateningly.The clash continued in the next over when Warne under-armed a ball into the body of Samuels, who was in his crease not attempting a run.Samuels responded by tossing his bat down the pitch, in the direction of Warne.Warne’s suspension means he will miss the Stars’ last qualifying match against the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday.Stars, who desperately need a victory to advance to the semi-finals, are one of four sides locked together on four wins in the middle of the points table.Renegades secured their semi-final birth even before winning Sunday’s game against the stars Caribbean 360 read more

No. 22 Rutgers fends off LSU women, 64-57

first_imgBATON ROUGE (AP) — Tyler Scaife scored 16 points and Rachel Hollivay and Briyona Canty added 13 each as No. 22 Rutgers used a 9-3 run late in the game to break away from stubborn LSU 64-57 on Saturday.Canty scored twice, Hollivay added a three-point play in the flurry and Betnijah Laney also scored. Laney finished with a double-double in the third straight game, also snaring a career-high 16 rebounds.With the win and UConn’s loss to Stanford, the Scarlet Knights (3-0) own the longest active win streak at nine games.LSU (2-3) had 10 players score, led by DaShawn Harden’s season-best 15 points and four 3-pointers. The Tigers hit only 20 of 63 field goals (31.7 percent) and turned the ball over 21 times.Rutgers picked up 12 steals — Canty, Scaife and Kahleah Copper each had three.last_img read more