David Sanger

Inside Media: National Security Briefing

January 31, 2009

Guest: David Sanger

By Maureen Freeman, programs coordinator

Complex and dangerous issues involving Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and China are just some of the challenges that have developed more fully in recent years while the United States engaged in military action in Iraq, according to David Sanger.

Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, discussed information gleaned from his reporting on the administration of George W. Bush and its execution of foreign policy.

His new book, "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power," lays out the critical choices and promising opportunities now facing President Barack Obama.

The government’s attention to the war in Iraq, which Sanger referred to as "the great distraction," has prevented us "from dealing with a range of other issues that affect the United States, either from its military security or its economic security that simply couldn’t be addressed," he said.

In his 28-year career at the Times, Sanger has been based in New York, Tokyo and Washington, where he also has been chief economic correspondent and White House correspondent.

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