Cyber Attack Reportedly Slows Iran's Nuclear Program
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The New York Times reports that the US and Israel tested equipment just like that in Iran's nuclear program, which was partly disabled by the Stuxnet computer virus. Is Stuxnet the future of cyberwarfare? What are the risks of blowback and the immediate consequences for renewed talks with Iran? Also, House Speaker John Boehner is third in line for the presidency. Why won't he attend tonight's state dinner for China's President Hu?
Banner image: Iran begins to fuel the country's first nuclear power station on August 21, 2010 in Bushehr, southern Iran. Photo: IIPA via Getty Images
Obama and China's Hu Call for Renewed Cooperation ()
At the White House today, with China's President Hu Jintao at his side, President Obama called for both cooperation and what he called "healthy competition." President Hu called today's meeting healthy and pragmatic. John Bussey is assistant managing editor at the Wall Street Journal.
- John Bussey: Assistant Managing Editor, Wall Street Journal
Iran, Stuxnet and International Diplomacy ()
US and Israeli estimates of Iran's nuclear timetable are less alarming than they were just months ago. Hillary Rodham Clinton says that's due to international sanctions. The outgoing chief of Israeli intelligence cites what he calls "technical setbacks." The New York Times reports it's the result of Stuxnet, tested at Israel's Dimona nuclear complex with assistance from the United States. That computer virus reportedly caused Iranian centrifuges to spin out of control while convincing operators all was well. It's also capable of disrupting electrical power grids, air traffic control systems or military networks, including those of its own developers. How vulnerable is the US? What will Stuxnet mean for diplomacy, including upcoming talks about Iran's nuclear program?
- John Markoff: Technology Reporter, New York Times, @markoff
- David Albright: President, Institute for Science and International Security
- John Arquilla: Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
- Robin Wright: Senior Fellow, US Institute of Peace, @wrightr
Speaker Boehner Skips His Third Obama State Dinner ()
When she was House Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi accepted all of President Bush's invitations to attend state dinners. Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid won't be at the White House dinner tonight, maybe because he called Hu a dictator only yesterday. Republican John Boehner has turned down all such events from President Obama, including tonight's. He'll meet with Hu on Capitol Hill tomorrow. Is that good enough for the man who's third in line for the Presidency to send his regrets? Annie Groer is a correspondent for Politics Daily.
- Annie Groer: Correspondent, Politics Daily
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