Category Archives: Nuke

Two Years Ago — The VELA Incident : Declassified Files Shed Light on the Nuclear Test Controversy

“We had operational successes, most importantly regarding Pretoria’s nuclear capability. My sources collectively provided incontrovertible evidence that the apartheid government had in fact tested a nuclear bomb in the South Atlantic in 1979, and that they had developed a delivery … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — Will Trump Target Iran?

“I would not have made [the agreement], but we will not get a great deal out of ending it now.” Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (November 2016) “One of the most discouraging aspects of the filling out of the … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Top US Nuclear Commander: “I wouldn’t carry out illegal nuclear strike order from Trump”

“I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?” Air Force General John Hyten — Commander of the US … Continue reading

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On This Day — Able Archer 1983 : The Brink of Apocalypse (November 7-11, 1983)

“Information about the peculiar and remarkably skewed frame of mind of the Soviet leaders during those times that has emerged since the collapse of the Soviet Union makes me think there is a good chance—with all of the other events … Continue reading

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On This Day — US Detonates First Thermonuclear Weapon (November 1, 1952)

“It’s a boy.” Telegram from Ed Teller to Dr. Elizabeth “Diz” Graves “The island of Elugelab is missing.” Gordon Dean — Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission summarizing the events to President Eisenhower “I made one great mistake in my … Continue reading

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On This Day — Einstein Letter to FDR (October 11 1939)

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” “The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago — Dr A. Q. Khan : The Bomb, the Swiss and the CIA

“If you put the [A. Q. Kahn] puzzle together, you get the whole picture.”  Swiss magistrate Andreas Müller “If the Swiss can safeguard billions in hundreds of thousands of numbered accounts, they can guard a few CDs. The destruction of the documents … Continue reading

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On This Day — France Becomes 5th Thermo-Nuclear Power [Canopus Test] (August 24 1968)

“I returned to civilization shortly after that and went to Cornell to teach, and my first impression was a very strange one. (…) I sat in a restaurant in New York, for example, and I looked out at the buildings and … Continue reading

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Saudis Will Build Nukes If Tehran Does [Flashback]

“We will do whatever it takes to protect our people. We have made it clear that if Iran acquires a nuclear capability, we will do everything we can to do the same.” Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir “Soon after Khan’s admission … Continue reading

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Will Trump Target Iran? [UPDATE]

“I would not have made [the Iran Nuclear Agreement], but we will not get a great deal out of ending it now.” Henry Kissinger — Former U.S. Secretary of State “President Obama’s approach has bought Israeli more time than any military strike … Continue reading

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