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Saturday, April 18, 2015

After 5 yeas and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the ACA is essentially over.

GOP Congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to threaten further shutdowns to pressure the administration, are now focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform. read more


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, saying that the "American people have the appetite for hard truths," called Tuesday for cutting Social Security benefits and raising Medicare premiums for future upper-income retirees and gradually raising the retirement age by 2 years starting in 2022.

Christie's entitlement plan, which his policy team says would save the country more than $1 trillion over 10 years, is closely aligned with what bipartisan commissions have been suggesting for years. As he did in New Jersey during those first, heady years of his governorship, Christie is taking on a longer-term problem that candidates in either party have historically tried to ignore, mainly because it entails nothing but bad news and thankless choices.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Los Angeles Times Editorial Board: Critics of the preliminary agreement reached last week to place limits on Iran's nuclear program are moving beyond complaints about the terms of the deal to raise peripheral, in some cases non-germane, objections. Some argue that the Islamic Republic doesn't "deserve" an agreement -- or the relief from sanctions that would go with it -- because of its support for militants elsewhere. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contends that a condition of any deal should be that Iran recognize Israel's right to exist. If a nuclear agreement were a reward for Iranian good behavior across the board -- or if it were a clear first step toward a full rapprochement with the Islamic Republic -- the critics might have a point. But that's not what the agreement is. Rather, it is more narrowly designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, a goal that (if it can be achieved) would serve the interests of the whole world, including the United States. read more


Monday, March 30, 2015

The last time an Arab-led force marshaled armies from across the region against a common enemy –- Israel -- the result was a resounding defeat that would shape the Mideast for decades to come.

Analysts say the nascent military alliance, whose planned formation was announced over the weekend by Arab leaders meeting in Egypt, could usher in new regional crises and intensify existing ones, sharpening sectarian differences between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and complicating already tangled national conflicts.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In a policy shift, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he will slow the planned drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and keep the remaining 9,800 troops there through the end of this year, although he still plans to end America's longest war before he leaves office. The Obama administration previously had planned to cut the U.S. military force to about 5,500 troops this year as part of a phased withdrawal of nearly all U.S. troops by the end of next year. But he said he had decided to leave the additional U.S. troops in place this year "so we don't have to go back, so we don't have to respond in an emergency because terrorist activities are being launched from Afghanistan." read more


Comments

Point #2: Like most Know-Nothings, you're not very good at research. Plenty of countries that have nukes signed the non-proliferation treaty, since having nukes it not the same as engaging in their proliferation beyond one's own borders. See how simple that is?

And if you're curious (which you probably aren't because you didn't bother to do the research), those countries include France, the UK, the USA, China, and Russia.

#17 | POSTED BY DOC_SARVIS AT 2015-04-17 10:36 AM

Doc, I have forgotten more about the NPT and its origins than you will ever learn about it.

At its core, the NPT bans all signatories except for the United Kingdom, China, France, Russia, and the United States from having nuclear weapons and commits those five states (the P5) to eventually eliminating their atomic arsenals. The NPT provides the norm and the foundation for an international regime to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons around the world. The 187 states that subscribe to the NPT include all significant states of concern with the exception of India, Israel, Pakistan, and as of 2005, North Korea. The widely known reason that those nation states are not signatories is that they have nuclear weapons.

Since the NPT bans all countries except the P5 from having nukes, if a country has nuclear weapons they are already in violation of the NPT. That is why the four countries that are not signatories (or have withdrawn, as is the case with NK) will never sign the NPT. Once Iran has nukes, it will have to withdraw as well.

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