Among the State Department cables leaked on WikiLeaks and analyzed in The New York Times were messages from the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan about the country's nuclear fuel resources. In a cable dating May 27, 2009, Amb. Anne W. Pateron reported her concern over a stockpile of highly enriched uranium, which had been sitting for years near an aging research nuclear reactor in Pakistan. There was enough to build several “dirty bombs” or, in skilled hands, possibly enough for an actual nuclear bomb.
The cables show that underneath public assurances lie deep clashes over strategic goals on issues like Pakistan’s support for the Afghan Taliban and tolerance of Al Qaida.
Secret diplomatic cables obtained by whistle-blower organization WikiLeaks shed new light on the global nuclear standoff with Iran. The documents reveal for the first time that the U.S. believes Iran has obtained nineteen powerful, Russian-designed missiles from North Korea. Their range is long enough to strike Western Europe. Will this change the way the country is seen and dealt with by its neighbors?
NYT's David Sanger discusses the 250,000 leaked diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks and analysed by the New York Times.
On this week’s edition of The Big Picture, a look at why our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has not been more of an issue on the campaign trail during this election season. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, explains what the official withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq and the increase in the number of troops in Afghanistan has meant for candidates and voters so far this year.
David Sanger joins Kerry Nolan to discuss why a Republican compromise on middle-class tax cuts is not a sign of rekindled bipartisanship in Washington.
David Sanger joins Kerry Nolan to discuss the August jobless numbers, new government stimulus proposals, and how the new round of Middle East peace talks are dealing with the key issues facing the conflict.
President Obama declared the end of combat operations in Iraq last night. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, analyzes President Obama's address from the Oval Office last night, and explains what it reveals about the future of the U.S. in the Middle East. Sanger says that Obama's speech was interesting for its message that the commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan are not open-ended, and that there are bigger priorities at home, including the economy and job creation.
David Sanger joins Kerry Nolan to discuss the upcoming middle east peace talks, as well as the Fed's announcement it will take additional steps to prevent a double-dip recession.
David Sanger, of The NYT, weighs in on U.S. combat troops pulling out of Iraq and why Pres. Obama is getting heat for going on vacation.
It's a simple question with an infinitely complicated answer: what happens if Iran is able to build a nuclear weapon?
Russia is expected to deliver low-enriched uranium to Tehran to bring the Bushehr reactor, Iran's first nuclear power station, online. And the U.S., Israel and other nations are reportedly on alert, as hawks are calling for the bombing the reactor before the fuel is loaded into it.
David Sanger, of The NYT, talks about Obama's stance on NYC's planned Islamic cultural center and mosque, and Gates' comments on recent North Korean aggression.
David Sanger, of The NYT, on troop levels in Afghanistan, the BP oil spill, Elena Kagan and the House jobs bill.
David Sanger, of The NYT, on the politics of the auto bailout and the fall-out of last week's Wiki-Leaks.
David Sanger, of The NYT, on how 91,000 top secret military documents were leaked.
David Sanger, of The NYT, on spies, national intelligence and unemployment benefits.
David Sanger, of The NYT, on the spy swap, deficit reduction and BP.
General Stanley McChrystal's fate was sealed with the publication of a bombshell Rolling Stone magazine profile on Tuesday. In less than forty-eight hours after the article surfaced on the internet, the U.S.'s top commander in the Afghanistan war found himself summoned to Washington, D.C. to hand his resignation to President Obama.
In a press conference announcing his decision to accept McChrystal's resignation, President Obama emphasized that "this is a change in personnel, but it is not a change in policy." Centcom commander General David Petraeus will take over for McChrystal. Though Petraeus is a familiar face with an arguably proven track record, some observers are dubious of the president's claim that U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is staying the same.
David Sanger, of The NYT, on how BP's spill will affect the White House long-term, and on divers who were killed by Israel's Navy off Gaza's coast.
No one can deny that President Obama’s current “to do” list has grown dramatically of late, with each new item seemingly demanding higher precedence than the item before it. With two wars, unemployment, the Middle East Crisis and the oil spill, how does one person manage this kind of agenda?