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February 18, 2013
President Barack Obama's call during the State of the Union address to reduce the threat of nuclear war could not have been more timely. The day before the president spoke, North Korea tested a primitive nuclear device, and the following day reports surfaced of Iranian attempts to buy technology that would greatly speed up its production of weapons-grade uranium. Mr. Obama's remarks focused on cutting the U.S. and Russian strategic arsenals in a way that maintains their deterrent function but reduces the chances of a conflict breaking out by accident or miscalculation.
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NEWS
February 1, 2013
The column about a theoretical Mitt Romney presidency by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. contains two serious flaws ("What if? Life under President Romney," Jan. 27). First, Mr. Ehrlich writes "... there would be a fiscal plan to cut $4 trillion of federal spending over the next four years. " In fact, not only did Mr. Romney never present any plan to help balance the budget, he proposed increasing the already bloated defense budget by $2 trillion over the next 10 years. Second, Mr. Romney's foreign policy was a disaster waiting to happen.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
While many have persuasively argued that the fiscal cliff defense cuts would hurt innovation and slow our economic recovery, few offer concrete examples of how these catastrophic cuts would endanger our national security. Iran's drive to acquire nuclear weapons provides the perfect example. Intent on testing America's resolve to stop its nuclear program, Iran will accelerate its uranium enrichment if the U.S. cannot credibly threaten to use military force. Cutting warships, fighter jets, intelligence technologies, and other critical capabilities - as would happen if we go over the fiscal cliff - would encourage Iran to run out the diplomatic clock until it has built a nuclear ballistic missile.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
Robert Ehrlich Jr.'s recent column ("Obama's foreign policy reset has little to show for it," Oct. 28) could not be further from the truth when it states that Iran is "oh-so-close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. " In fact, our own intelligence agencies have stated that Iran has neither nuclear weapons nor a weapons program and ended its former program in 2003. Mr. Ehrlich has been wrong about his support for a disastrous war in Iraq, his calling for military action in Iran and his willingness to allow Israel to dictate U.S. foreign policy.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2012
After a two-week delay, the state Board of Public Works approved a $205 million contract Wednesday under which an arm of Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. will operate the Camden and Brunswick lines of the MARC commuter train system. The board's unanimous approval came after concerns over the level of minority business participation in the contract and Bombardier's links with Iran were resolved. The contract was removed from the board's agenda two weeks ago after the Maryland Minority Contractors Association raised concerns that the roughly 8 percent share of the work earmarked for minority contractors was insufficient.
NEWS
October 4, 2012
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is right to be disturbed by the Obama administration's flawed Middle East policy ("As Mideast burns, Obama fiddles," Sept. 30). Arab nations that formerly had governments that may not have been friendly but at least tolerated the U. S. now have rulers who mostly represent the Muslim Brotherhood and an agenda that is not only anti-democratic but anti-American. An even more serious foreign-policy failing in that region is the current administration's ambivalence and ambiguity regarding the security of Israel.
NEWS
October 3, 2012
After listening to speeches during the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly, I concluded that both U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad do not take each other seriously. Mr. Obama repeated his old empty messages and declared again, "Make no mistake: A nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained. " The Iranian apocalyptic leader who has never engaged in serious discussions also declared again to the world his wishes to see the elimination of the state of Israel.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
President Barack Obama's surrogates were all over the political talk shows Sunday morning, proclaiming that the confusion as to what happened in Benghazi was a matter of bad intelligence. In fact, our intelligence showed it was safe enough to send our ambassador down there and house him in a facility that didn't meet the standards other embassies are required to meet. Given the challenge Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posed for the world to look at Iran and imagine a nuclear al-Qaida, a fair comparison given Iran's history of violence in the region, one can't help but wonder if the president's confident declarations that there is time yet for negotiations may be based on similarly faulty intelligence.
NEWS
September 26, 2012
Israel is currently sounding off over what it views as the limited effectiveness of economic sanctions as a way of stopping Iran's nuclear weapons program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized President Obama's failure to specify what would provoke a U.S. military strike against existing Iran's nuclear facilities. Mr. Obama's current wait-and-see policy is clearly the wrong approach. Iran has no moral right to weapons of mass destruction, while Israel does have a moral right to prevent Iran from obtaining them.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
The fast and loose talk being thrown around by the Israelis, the administration and the Romney camp about drawing lines in the sand for Iran to cross should be very worrisome to all Americans. All parties mentioned above share the imperative that Iran should not have a nuclear weapon, but getting there is the problem. The Israelis and Mitt Romney embrace the line in the sand approach; if the line is crossed, a military attack will be imminent. The consequences of this approach can be very troubling.
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