"National Security Brief: How Would The World Vote?"
– Today, voters in the United States go to the polls to vote for either President Obama or Mitt Romney to be the next commander-in-chief. What if the rest of the world could vote? According to a BBC poll out last month, It looks like it would be Obama in a landslide. Although the Pakistanis have their hears set on Romney, so do Syrian rebels, allegedly. And what about the Iranians? The Washington Post reports that many ordinary Iranians prefer the current occupant of the Oval Office.
– In other news, the Guardian reports: Israeli and Iranian officials are taking part in a nuclear non-proliferation meeting in Brussels on Monday, in the hope of paving the way for a full international conference in the next few months on banning nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East.
– Meanwhile, after calming his war rhetoric over the past several weeks, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his stance that Israel will attack Iran unilaterally if it decided to do so. “If someone sits here as the prime minister of Israel and he can’t take action on matters that are cardinal to the existence of this country, its future and its security, and he is totally dependent on receiving approval from others, then he is not worthy of leading,” Netanyahu said on Israeli television last night. “I can make these decisions.”
– Defense News reports that the Pentagon has begun planning for billions of dollars in spending cuts slated to take effect Jan. 2 should Congress fail to block the budget deal sequester from taking effect.
– Syrian rebels have an unexpected benefactor: the cash-stapped Libya government.
– And the Military Times reports: For the first time since 1980, the number of veterans in Congress could increase as a result of Tuesday’s election.