David Sanger on Iran

Friday, August 24, 2012

Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili speaks during a press conference in Tehran on December 4, 2010. (ATTA KENARE/Getty)

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and WNYC contributor, discusses his reporting on the progress of Iran's nuclear program and how regional tensions are playing out. Sanger is also the author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars And Surprising Use of American Power.


David Sanger

Comments [24]

anna from new york

Yes, Laila. You, who sound exactly like Ahmadinejad, are an arbiter of what is or isn't reasonable. Sure. Only in a mad Orwellian world.

Aug. 27 2012 06:09 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

If the Islamic Regime of Iran's nuclear plants are "peaceful", then they wouldn't be built deep underground and spread out over the country.

The military parades in the Islamic Regime are "peaceful"?

Propagandists for Islamism like Laila know that too.

Aug. 27 2012 03:28 AM
Laila from New York

What a surprise. There are one or two reasoned comments. As for me, Mr. Sanger sounds a lot like the infamous Judy Miller did and Mr. Lehrer seems only too happy to accommodate him every week and raise the hype on Iran while trying to make it seem otherwise. I'm one of those who thinks its a bad idea for NPR to be linked with the NY Times which I already read every day. I need to hear other and more diverse enlightened voices, not more of the same. I remember what the NYT's "reporting" did for Iraq; the many thousands of our brave soldiers now dead or mentally damaged did not need to die or to suffer. I don't want it repeated. As for the rest, how much longer will the United States let itself be blackmailed into an unnecessary war by a client state? Notice the elections are just around the corner, and this is yet another manufactured conflict we surely don't need.

Aug. 26 2012 06:56 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

I recommend the following:

Google Images "arab nazi salute"

Looks familar.

Aug. 24 2012 01:22 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

anna from new york-

Well said !!
They are all in denial.

Aug. 24 2012 11:06 AM
anna from new york

John from office,
Are your sure that all these banks which launder the Ahmadinejads of the world money don't contribute to Obama?
Well .... why don't you check?

Aug. 24 2012 11:05 AM
anna from new york

Among many things, I'd like to know is:
- What kind of flexibility did he promise to Putin
- What did he promise to any of Putin's friends?
Why his beginning was the way it was and how responsible he is for the destabilization of the world
Unlike Larry and John from the office, I know history and understand that destabilization of the world is as bad for the US as it is for the rest of the world.
Both American NAZIS and some American COMMUNISTS insisted in the 1930s-40s that war in Europe had nothing to do America. They were wrong.
Once again we hear similar noise. From similarly charming groups.

Aug. 24 2012 10:59 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

"Israel's existence is 'an insult to all humanity,' says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 'Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime.' Explains the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Israel is 'a true cancer tumor on this region that should be cut off.' "

Aug. 24 2012 10:52 AM

Are sanctions even credible under Obama??
NOBODY, N-O-B-O=D-Y, respects or fears this President –

"Ban Ki-moon Snubs Obama, Embraces Iran"

“A lot was hanging on whether United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would decide to ignore the urging of President Obama and go to Iran for the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement. Doing so would make a mockery of the administration’s claim that they had successfully isolated the Islamist regime as part of a campaign to force it to give up its quest for nuclear weapons.”


Aug. 24 2012 10:49 AM
anna from new york

I actually think that Obama should intensify his fundraising, because I feel it's time to start impeachment procedures and he will need a lot of money.

Aug. 24 2012 10:47 AM
anna from new york

"Why aren't they talking about how insignificant a nuclear Iran would be to the US? Israel is not the USA and average Americans want NOTHING to do with Israel"
Oh really? So average American is paid by Ahmadinejad (or Chavez or any of their friends) and wants druzhba with Ahmadinejad, Chavez, Putin, Assad, and the like?
Sure, only in the eyes of "international" prostitutes.

Aug. 24 2012 10:42 AM
john from office

Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan, we all dont have a Sheldon Adelson to pay our bills, so Obama has to raise money. Adelson, Mitts rich uncle.

Aug. 24 2012 10:30 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Speaking of threats …..also on front page of online NYT today-

“China’s Missile Advances Aimed at Thwarting U.S. Defenses, Analysts Say”
“China is moving ahead with the development of a new and more capable generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched missiles, giving it a greater capability to hit targets in the United States. Discussions have taken place in China on whether to develop missile defense systems as well.”

So, while Obama spends all day, every day at fundraisers…’s not just the economy that he is ignoring. Oh, and he also wants us to shrink our nuclear force deterrent and he opposes modernization of our existing weapons.


Aug. 24 2012 10:26 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

If Cuba were doing what Iran and North Korea is doing, we would have destroyed their capabilities years ago. It all has to do with percepetions and proximity.

As for Iraq, they definitely won't be developing WMDs again anytime soon.

Aug. 24 2012 10:25 AM

So we stop Iran from enrishing force. I'd say 10 years and there is the backlash. David Sanger again...sheeesh

David thanks for bringing us up to date...with WH/Pentagon speaking points

Aug. 24 2012 10:25 AM
John from office

Wait, I thought Obama hated Israel and is working with his Muslim brothers to end Israel as we know it. Oh I see, it is a fantasy of the far right. Now I understand.

Aug. 24 2012 10:24 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

You have played this clip before.
We get it.

Aug. 24 2012 10:21 AM
Jenna from UES

What about Paul Ryan? Isn't he an Ayn Rand supporter?

Aug. 24 2012 10:20 AM
Larry from UES

Has the NYTimes not learned anything from Iraq? Do they not hear a drum beat here?

Why aren't they talking about how insignificant a nuclear Iran would be to the US? Israel is not the USA and average Americans want NOTHING to do with Israel.

Aug. 24 2012 10:20 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

At this point, before anyone starts attacking anyone else, I think we need to make sure our "intelligence" is more thorough than it was in the case of Iraq's WMDs, which, as we all know, turned out to be false. For one (or more) sovereign nation to attack another, there has to be overwhelming and incontrovertible evidence of a potential attack from that nation or we will soon enough cease to require evidence (or, worse, manufacture evidence) and will descend into anarchy.

As the Wicked Witch said as she melted: "What a world! What a world!"

Aug. 24 2012 10:20 AM
Hugh Sansom

David Sanger — predictably — fails to mention that the IAEA's Yukiya Amano is widely known to be far more pro-American than ElBaradei.

Aug. 24 2012 10:18 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

First of all,I don't know why the liberal press is making Israel the fall guy, as if Iranian violation of the NPT and acquisition of nuclear weapons would only be a threat to Israel, and not the United States. It's the UN that should be leading an attack on the Iranian nuclear program, and not Israel. It as if the North Korean acquisition of nukes is only a threat to South Korea and not the US and the rest of the world.

Again, the enemies of America are being coddled while Israel is being smeared as the bad guy trying to "force" America into war. And what does the election have to do with anything?

The way to end the Iranian nuclear program is drop an H-bomb on Qom and Fordo and just end it. Who does it is irrelevant, be it the US,Israel or whomever.We already let North Korea get away with it, and that is bad enough, but letting Iran get away with it will be a total disaster for the world.

Aug. 24 2012 10:17 AM
John A.

A word on ACLU vs Targeted Killing if its not too far off topic.

Aug. 24 2012 10:17 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

(Great topic….….even the prevaricators at the New York Times are alarmed this morning.)

PLEASE ASK MR. SANGER if the Obama Administration is seriously considering the advice of Elliott Abrams and Amos Yadlin (retired chief of Israeli Military Intelligence) that to make Iran actually believe Barack Obama's claim that “all options are (REALLY) on the table”, he should request an authorization from Congress for the use of force.

NYT today: “Mr. Obama and his staff have been trying to avoid a crisis over Iran that would unfold in the last months of the presidential election. But the report, expected to be the last by the I.A.E.A. before Election Day, will lay out a stark reality.”

(“Time to Authorize Use of Force Against Iran”,

(”How To Stop An Israeli Strike On Iran”, Amos Yadlin, New York Post, Aug 21, 2012.)

Aug. 24 2012 10:05 AM

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