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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 13/04/2010

US well equipped despite disarmament

The US's nuclear policy is based on the premise that it can protect its territory with fewer nuclear weapons than up to now - even with the threat posed by North Korea and Iran, writes the Neue Zürcher Zeitung: "To deter its enemies and reassure its allies the US has made it clear that the reduced role of nuclear weapons in the security dispositive does not mean a military weakening. Defence Minister Gates points out that progress has been made in missile defence. Moreover the US has another arrow in its quiver: long-range missiles with convention warheads. ... [Foreign Minister] Clinton stressed that America has expressly not ruled out being the first country to use nuclear weapons, however only against countries that have nuclear weapons and ignore the non-proliferation treaty. This clearly graduated stance should make clear what they must reckon with to countries like North Korea and Iran."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 09/11/2009

Prospects unclear for the US healthcare reform

The US healthcare reform bill has been passed by the House of Representatives thanks to a compromise reached on the issue of abortion. Nevertheless debate continues and is having grotesque spin-offs, writes the Neue Zürcher Zeitung: "The Democrats are being overtaken by a topic that divides America like no other: abortion. ... The debate on healthcare reform is now assuming alarming proportions, for example when right-wing protesters compare the reform with the Holocaust or say Obama is part of a global Jewish conspiracy. When this happened recently in front of Congress Republican representatives mingled among the crowd without distancing themselves from the lunatic slogans. This issue is of national significance and has major economic and political consequences, nevertheless the political class seems incapable of reforming this weak link in their society in a collected, level-headed way."

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