Posted on April 09, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: David Mark, senior editor for Politico and politico.com; Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, former Ambassador to the U.N, and current deputy assistant adviser to President Obama for national security affairs; Raed Jarrar, Iraq consultant to the American Friends Service Committee and Senior fellow at Peace Action in Washington, DC.
David Mark, senior editor for Politico and politico.com, where he is the Moderator of the Popular political debate forum, The Arena, gave an overview of the current Political landscape here in the United States. Mark focused on the issue of health care and the ramifications the recent bill has had on political party relations. Mark explained that there is a very sharp partisan divide in Washington and that Republicans and Democrats have been unable to compromise on matter in the political cent
Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, former Ambassador to the U.N, and current deputy assistant adviser to President Obama for national security affairs, spoke about President Obama’s nuclear security agenda. Soderberg commented on President Obama’s signing of a nuclear agreement with Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev. “We still have 20,000 nuclear weapons total between us [U.S and Russia]. What this [the treaty] does is reduce the deployed strategic weapons to 1,500 or below”, said Soderberg. When asked what President Obama’s ultimate goal is regarding nuclear weapons, Soderberg stated that by the end of his first term, Obama is “going to try to set up global rules of the road which will keep all of us safer”, and “lock down and secure fissile materials.”
Raed Jarrar, Iraq consultant to the American Friends Service Committee and Senior fellow at Peace Action in Washington, DC, spoke about the recent Iraqi elections. Jarrar, a native of Iraq, was present for the elections. Overall, Jarrar explained the election process was free of “massive fraud”, and went fairly well. Jarrar was asked to comment about the implications the elections will have on the country going forward and whether or not the elections indicate a reconciliation of factional differences