Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2009.04.20 : Washington, We Have A Serious Problem
"On the current course, nuclear terrorism is inevitable. Indeed, if the United States and other governments keep doing what they are doing today, a nuclear terrorist attack on America is more likely than not in the decade ahead. With a ten-kiloton nuclear weapon stolen from the former Soviet arsenal and delivered to an American city in a cargo container, Al Qaeda can make 9/11 a footnote."
- Graham Allison (founding dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, assistant secretary of defense under Clinton), Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe


Only two brief annotations to this:

  1. Allison is extremely cool on the Iraq intervention, which he considers A) an enormous distraction from much more critical defense/foreign policy matters; and B) wildly detrimental to our powers of counter-proliferation, as we're now officially the sons-of-bitches who cried wolf. Also, Iraq was way toward the bottom of any short list of likely sources for terrorists to acquire nuclear weapons or materials.

  2. I do love America. Just imagine sending a political treatise along to Hu Jintao with your best wishes, and see what that gets you. (*)

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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