Thomas Pickering is the former United States ambassador to UN. He served there from 1989 to 1992. He has also represented his country as ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and Jordan. The 81-year-old “career diplomat” has also served as the 17th Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1997 to 2000. Pickering serves on the board of directors for CRDF Global and the American Iranian Council. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He last ambassadorial appointment was made by President Bill Clinton who designated him the U.S. ambassador to Russia.
Dismemberment of Command: America's Military Shakeup ~ link ~ This is a very important article. Granted, it raises more questions then it answers, but do yourself a favor and take the time to read it in full at the link. Stirling
Dempsey’s role as “house cleaner” has reached into the pinnacle of America’s nuclear command structure at a critical time, and not by coincidence. There has been no reporting in the mainstream media regarding the 180-degree turnabout in American policy over both Syria and Iran in the past few weeks. In fact, those policies changed overnight...
Over the past six years, there have been two major command shakeups with American strategic nuclear forces. In 2007, Minot Air Force Base, a leading American nuclear defense facility accidentally misplaced an unknown number of thermonuclear warheads, ostensibly “mistakenly” shipping them to another base without authority or necessary record keeping. Six weapons were listed as recovered. The launch/storage device used was designed to hold nine.