Month: February 2007

The Trident Dispatches No. 3: Tony Blair’s forgetfulness

The Trident Dispatches No. 3: Tony Blair’s forgetfulness

Two years ago, in an almost simultaneous policy turnaround, British Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed his determination to develop both a further generation of nuclear weapons and a host of new nuclear power plants–ideally before he left office. Though he made his personal preference (a staunch yes) clear in both cases, he and his government promised open debate and consultations that would involve "the wider public."

Missile defense: The Russian reaction

Missile defense: The Russian reaction

The row over U.S. intentions to deploy elements of its missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic has the potential of bringing U.S.-Russian relations–not to mention bilateral arms control–to a new low. Russia has disapproved of the scheme ever since the United States first went public with the system about two years ago. But despite sounding angry, Russia remained calm, arguing that it already possessed the technology to deal with the interceptors the United States planned to place in Eastern Europe.

The security impact of the uninsured

The security impact of the uninsured

In his January 1, 2007 New York Times op-ed piece, “A Healthy New Year,” Paul Krugman wrote that the U.S. health care system is a scandal and disgrace. He noted that in 2005 almost 47 million Americans were uninsured, and more than 8 million of these individuals were children. While Krugman’s article discussed the human tragedy and costs of such a disastrous system, it did not mention two other crucial factors–the national security impact of millions of uninsured people and the decline in the number of primary care physicians and nurses who would provide care during a crisis.