David Sanger on Iran and Afghanistan

Monday, September 28, 2009

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and the author of The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, discusses the Obama administration’s foreign policy with regards to Iran and Afghanistan.


David Sanger

Comments [9]


So that interesting point about the half-time signature of nuclear fuel went completely unaswered.

Mustn't spoil any good argument for war!

Sep. 28 2009 04:46 PM
Peter from Sunset Park


Yes, you are correct. President Obama is beating the drums of war. Obama is considering a preemptive war against Iran. Why is Obama so interested in Iran? Of course, Bush also saw the threats with Iran too, but the WNYC lefty said no way. Now, Obama is president and Obama wakes up to see, wait a minute, Bush was right, Iran is a problem.

So, will the BLS ask the same questions of the US that they ask of Israel? For example,

If Obama attacks Iran as a second war of choice, should it be proportional? Should Obama give Iran a fighting chance the same way that WNYC expects Israel to fight with one hand behind her back?

Oh is it going to be a fun four years. Obama is Bush Jr. God is in the White House sitting with the president. Obama announces he has no time for abortion issues, there is war to be had!

Sep. 28 2009 10:56 AM
Paul I. Adujie from New York, New York

After all the pre-war lies which were told by President Bush and his government before the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The drums of war against Iran is beating loudly and louder everyday.

America has no respect for international law, unless it benefits America! America has observed many UN conventions, protocols and treaties only in their breach. The US has refused to implement the UN Kyoto Protocols on efforts to attain a better world environment and fight or reduce global warning. This week, President Bush ignored a UN debate in New York, on the environment, and instead, organized an American version of the UN conference.

The US has been at loggerheads with the rest of the world and the UN, regarding the UN’s desire to implement International Criminal Court or UN ICC. The US seeks a preferential treatment for American citizens, who the US have argued, should not have to be made accountable to the UN international court.

America have in my life time managed to have been strange bedfellows with unsavory and undemocratic governments in various parts of the world. America have also managed to have subverted democratically and constitutionally elected government in different parts of the world. America has frequently violated the political independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, Grenada, Cuba, Panama etc all, in my life time as well. These are the lawless actions of a rogue state or who exactly defines rogue states?

America’s Central Intelligence Agency , CIA, once used a man named Manuel Noriega of Panama. When the CIA no longer needed the “services” Manuel Noriega? He was plucked by the US from his seat of power as the sitting president of Panama and dumped in a prison for 15 years in Florida, United States!

Sep. 28 2009 10:47 AM
Tom from Toronto

I'm surprised your guest made the error of stating that if Nuclear material was supplied by Iran to a terrorist group, that somehow they would not be able to trace it back to its source. Nuclear material has a particular half-life signature, and it would be quite easy to determine the source - so obviously Iran would never do something like this. Also, the vast majority of the terrorist groups are Sunni, which again mitigates against Iran as being the source.

Sep. 28 2009 10:46 AM
SUE from Bronx, NY

Peter is quite on target with his comments and his on the air questions, and I just want to add that there are many people who agree with his take on this. To call us WNYC lefties, as Gary does, clears nothing up.

Sep. 28 2009 10:45 AM
Kostya from Boiceville, NY

Iran told the IAEA about its Qum facility last Monday, before Obama made his big announcement.

That means the facility will be inspected by the IAEA.

Sep. 28 2009 10:40 AM
Peter from Sunset Park


I agree with you. Even Bill Maher said on this week's show that Obama acts like Bush. Maher went as far as to say that the big difference between Bush and Obama was skin color.

Will the WNYC lefties support Obama's war of choice and possible preemptive strike against Iran? Will the BLS expect Obama to act in a proportional manner when attacking Iran?

Obama has already crumbled and retreated with Israel, will he do the same with Iran?

Sep. 28 2009 10:37 AM
Gary from UWS

HOLD ON, all you WNYC lefties! Regarding Iran’s nukes, remember about two years ago some National Intelligence Estimate report “asserted with confidence” that Iran had given up on its nukes program in 2003, but Bush said screw the NIE? All the liberals went berserk (see: Well, well, well... two years later, Bush was right after all.

Sep. 28 2009 10:27 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Why is President Obama choosing to pursue his war of choice in Afghanistan without international support? Why didn’t President Obama mention his war of choice in Afghanistan during his UN address last week?

If Obama chooses to attack Iran to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear armed country, will such a preemptive strike be supported by the international community?

The Israeli government stood up to President Obama’s unreasonable and amateurish demand that Israel freezes all settlement building as a pre-condition to peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Now that President Obama has been publicly put in his place by the Israeli government, will he look weak when discussing issues related to Iran and Afghanistan?

Sep. 28 2009 09:46 AM

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