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President Obama calls the new START treaty with Russia a "national security imperative." Key Republicans say, "Not so fast." Will the President be pushed into promising the elimination of nuclear weapons, at the same time the US is building new ones?  Also, WikiLeaks rips the lid off US diplomacy.

Banner image: President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hold a bilateral meeting during the APEC Summit in Singapore, November 15, 2009. Official White House Photo: Pete Souza

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Sonya Geis
Andrea Brody
Gary Scott

Making News WikiLeaks Rips the Lid off US Diplomacy 23 MIN, 41 SEC

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the release of more than a quarter-million confidential documents endangers lives and threatens national security. Veterans say it betrays the trust that is the essence of diplomacy. We hear some of the myriad details and ask what it means for the future of international relations.

 

Guests:
Alan Rusbridger, Guardian Newspaper
Roger Cressey, former Director for Counterterrorism, National Security Council
David Rieff, Policy Analyst
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council (@tparsi)

Treacherous Alliance

Trita Parsi

Main Topic Has START Stalled? 27 MIN, 17 SEC

The START Treaty was negotiated by George W. Bush to allow the US to monitor Russia's missile development, but it expired last December. President Obama negotiated a "follow-on" called New START, to continue inspections and also reduce the number of missiles on both sides. Senate ratification is supported by US military leaders, NATO allies and former Republican Secretaries of State James Baker and Henry Kissinger.  The President calls it "a national security imperative" in the lame-duck session. But key Republican leaders are saying, "Not so fast."

 

Guests:
Peter Brookes, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Dirk Jameson, former Deputy Commander in Chief, US Strategic Command
Everet Beckner, former Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration
Richard Wolffe, Correspondent, MSNBC

Revival

Richard Wolffe

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