A Swedish peace group is fending off Russian submarines with gay propaganda. Meanwhile, Russian submarines off Britain. Russia keeps pressing its military equipment close to others’ borders.

Seymour Hersh has a long article in the London Review of Books on the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. A number of things in it seem fishy. Here are several critiques by Max Fischer, Peter Bergen, Dan Murphy, Joshua Keating, Jack Schafer, and a video of Chris Cuomo interviewing Hersh. The White House calls the story “utter nonsense.” Once again, as in his stories on the sarin attack in Ghouta, Syria, Hersh relies primarily on a single unnamed source. From the description he gives, the source might even be the same one who gave him the Ghouta story. Here’s what I said about that.

Update (May 14, 2015): Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US at the time, says that Hersh’s story doesn’t make sense.

Update (May 15, 2015): More on Hersh’s story from Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA; David Kaiser, a former professor of history at the Naval War College; and Isaac Chotiner interviews Hersh on the story.

Boris Nemtsov’s report about Russia’s role in Ukraine has been published.

Long read: My Ukraine, by Chrystia Freeland. Also available as an e-book.

How long would it take Iran to develop a nuclear weapon? We don’t know. That’s been my objection to that whole “breakout time” thing.

Here’s the story from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the transformer fire at the Indian Point (NY) nuclear power plant.

Water is weird. But if it weren’t, we and our planet wouldn’t be the way we are.

Oak Ridge is ramping up plutonium-238 production for powering space vehicles.

Update: I’ve storified a series of my tweets on the traces – that means very, very small amounts – of sarin precursors found in Syria. They must be investigated, but news reports are making far too much of them.

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  1. The Blog Fodder says:

    My theory is that if it is the official government version (any government) it is likely a lie. Seymour Hersh is not usually given to publishing BS. Also his “one source” could well be several but he is not going to give clues in order to protect them.

    If Iran develops nuclear weapons, it is highly unlikely they will use it but it will sure mess up the power structure in the middle east. Iran vs Saudi Arabia. Germany vs Russia. May they both lose.

    I see Paul Goble is slowing down and may stop writing his blog. Health problems. I will sure miss him.

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