The 47-year-old nuclear elephant in the room

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

A growing number of U.S. experts say that feigning ignorance about Israel’s nuclear arsenal creates more trouble than it averts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq":

"… 3, Argentina from attacking British territory in the 1982 Falklands War or Iraq from attacking Israel during the 1991 Gulf War,” Doyle said in a bitingl …"

Briefing the president but keeping the public in the dark

By James Arkin

Washington kept grim early estimates of the death and destruction from a nuclear war with Russia secret for more than half a century.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… uclear exchange was removed from the White House and placed directly under Pentagon control.  Defense Secretary Robert McNamara wrote in a Dec. 1964 mem …"

Obama administration embraces major new nuclear weapons cut

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Officials back a new targeting plan and a one-third reduction in the U.S. arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… st, officials said, in at least exploring a new joint, lower limit. …"

"… w are reflected in a draft of a classified decision directive prepared for Obama’s signature that guides how U.S. nuclear weapons should be targeted in t …"

"… ll defense requirements. Although the document offers various options for Obama, his top advisers reached their consensus position last year, after a revi …"

"… tly because of political concerns that any resulting controversy might rob Obama of popular votes in the November election. Some Republican lawmakers have …"