Mr.David E. Sanger who is the Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times spoke to class 13-01 today. A 1982 graduate of Harvard College, Sanger has been writing for the Times for 30 years covering foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and the presidency.
He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, and has been awarded numerous honors for national security and foreign policy coverage.
Mr. Sanger is also an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he is also the first National Security and the Press fellow at the school’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Mr. Sanger has written two books on US foreign policy. His first book is the New York Times best-seller The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power (2009), based on his seven years as the Times White House correspondent, covering two wars, the confrontations with Iran, North Korea and other rogue states, and America’s efforts to deal with the rise of China.
Mr. Sanger’s second book Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power is an account of how Obama has dealt with those challenges, relying on innovative weapons (such as UAVs and cyberwarfare, such as Operation Olympic Games) and reconfigured tools of American power
Today Mr. Sanger spoke about his book Confront and Conceal, he answered questions about publishing classified information and how it could affect national security. How do you feel as a soldier about journalists and former members of the military publishing classified information that could possibly affect national security?
He also went in depth about Syria and Libya and how the Obama doctrine affected how we responded to those states and how we are dealing with Iran. Do you agree with his interpretation of this?
Mr. Sanger also spoke about drone strikes in South Africa and Yemen and discussed what was said on Wiki Leaks. Should the Drone program be secret? Do you agree/disagree with him that it shouldn’t be kept secret.
Overall, Mr. Sanger’s presentation was very well received and was in line with what we are learning in class.
–MAJ Anthony Lee, CGSC