Friday News Roundup

Declassified Documents Show US Role In Israel’s Nuclear Program
Newly-declassified documents released this week show Richard Nixon and aides withdrew from a plan to prevent Israeli nuclearization prior to a meeting with then-Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir at the White House in September 1969.

““The documents outline how the American administration worked ahead of the meeting between President Richard Nixon and Prime Minister Golda Meir at the White House in September 1969, as officials came to terms with a three-part Israeli refusal – to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty; to agree to American inspection of the Dimona nuclear facility; and to condition delivery of fighter jets on Israel’s agreement to give up nuclear weaponry in exchange for strategic ground-to-ground Jericho missiles,” reports Haaretz.

The documents released by the National Security Archive can be viewed here.

Will An Independent Scotland Join NATO?
Dan Mahaffee of RealClearWorld discusses what an independent Scotland would mean to US security.

While the vote for independence, which seems more likely as the September 18 vote nears, would largely be seen as a demonstration of self-determination, he says it will present challenges to what has been one of the longest and most productive security partnerships in history.

The primary question Mahaffee raises is where Scotland will fall in terms of participation in NATO, which is unclear at the moment.

“The political leaders of the Scottish independence movement, the Scottish National Party (SNP), have a checkered history in terms of NATO participation.  It wasn’t until 2012 that the SNP finally voted to ditch the anti-NATO element of its platform, and there is still significant opposition to NATO among the SNP grassroots.  Should an independent Scotland seek NATO membership, it would have to reconcile its demands for nuclear disarmament with NATO agreements to deploy nuclear weapons,” he reports,

Weekend Reading:

New York Times‘ editorial board weighs in on the legal authority for taking on ISIS.

The Wilson Quarterly’s Marlene Uribe looks at whether the “special relationship” between the US and UK can survive.

Uri Friedman of The Atlantic writes on whether the US is a wartime or a peacetime nation?

Fortune magazine looks at Scotland’s energy industry and how it could transform the nation into a global powerhouse.

The Washington Post distills the results of an Oxford study, which focused on the migration and living habits of fruit bats, considered among the most dangerous carriers of Ebola.

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