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A recent Washington Post story claiming that Saddam Hussein thought about buying nuclear technology from Pakistan has been picked up around the world and is already shaping policy. Unfortunately, it isn’t true.A recent Washington Post story claiming that Saddam Hussein thought about buying nuclear technology from Pakistan just isn’t true.

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Key to Barack Obama's surge is his expansion of targeted assassinations taking place under the guise of unmanned aerial drones operating in the Af-Pak region. Obama's senseless Afghanistan strategy will expand the use of targeted assassinations by aerial drones.

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Now that the remains of Navy Lt Cmdr Scott Speicher have been recovered from Iraq, Sen Pat Roberts and other politicians will have to stop shamelessly exploiting his disappearance to sell their war agenda Update from the authorSen Pat Roberts shamelessly exploited the disappearance of Navy Lt Scott Speicher to sell his war agenda Update.

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It is wishful thinking to believe that the Iraqi military will be able to hold the ruins of Iraqi society together without major U.S. intervention. The United States has assumed the role of Saddam’s Special Republican Guard, waiting to be called in to crush any sign of rebellion or insurrection. It's a lose-lose situation with only one way out.

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The protests in Iran have captured the imagination of Western media, but the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should come as no surprise. The world needs to move past the controversy of the Iranian elections and, like him or not, find a way to deal with President Ahmadinejad and his nuclear ambitions.

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North Korea has come under strong international criticism and sanctions for its missile launch, but as a signatory to the 1966 Outer Space Treaty, it is legally permitted to pursue space launch activity. Besides, where is the pandemonium when Japan, Pakistan, Israel, India, Russia and the U.S. refine, test and launch their own ballistic missiles?

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