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For David Krieger's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Nov 25, 2010

Senator playing politics with nuclear accord

WASHINGTON — Soon after U.S. President Barack Obama came to office, he delivered a speech in Prague in which he said, "I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." He said America ...

Commentary / World Jun 20, 2010

Try to imagine if nuclear deterrence failed

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES — Before the catastrophic BP oil gush in the Gulf of Mexico, there were environmentalists who warned that offshore drilling was fraught with risk — risk of exactly the type of environmental damage that is occurring. They were mocked ...

Reader Mail Nov 15, 2009

Ignoring New Zealanders' wishes

Regarding Ralph Cossa and Brad Glosserman's Nov. 11 article, "A good time to remember the ANZUS alliance's fate": It seems that Cossa and Glosserman find it difficult to accept the democratic right of the New Zealand people to say "no" to nuclear weapons. The majority ...

Editorials Sep 5, 2009

Justice in Scotland

Justice should be tempered by mercy. That was the thinking of the government of Scotland when it decided to release Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal cancer, from prison, eight years into a 27-year minimum sentence for blowing up an airliner over ...

Commentary / World Jul 12, 2009

A disappointing understanding

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — U.S. President Barack Obama raised expectations for achieving a world without nuclear weapons when he said in Prague on April 5, "I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear ...

Commentary / World Feb 21, 2008

Preventing future nuclear catastrophes

LOS ANGELES — Throughout the Cold War, nuclear deterrence was at the heart of U.S. nuclear policy. But deterrence has some important limitations that make it highly unreliable, particularly in a time of terrorism. The most critical shortcoming of nuclear deterrence is that the ...

Commentary / World Dec 6, 2007

Time to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq

The American people no longer support the war in Iraq. The war is being carried on by a stubborn president who, like Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War, does not want to lose. But from the beginning this has been an ...