Posted on January 08, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Ken Walsh – Chief White House Correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, discussed President Obama’s reactions to the attempted bombing of Northwest flight 253, as well as many other key domestic issues including health care. On Obama’s response to the Christmas Day attack, Walsh explained the president had fallen under some criticism which questioned the speed of his reaction to the incident. However, Walsh called Obama’s ultimate response “aggressive and forceful”.
Afshin Molavi – Author and Senior Research Fellow, American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, spoke about the push for sanctions on Iran, and the internal implications doing so would incur on the country. He also spoke about Iran’s internal political landscape given the controversy surrounding Ahmadinejad’s reelection. Speaking about Obama’s role in terms of the Iranian nuclear issue, Molavi said that the president has been a bit slow to directly engage the Iranians.
Mike German – Former FBI agent and current Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), spoke about profiling in light of the bombing attempt of Northwest flight 253 on Christmas Day, and whether or not the practice works to prevent potential terrorist action. German explained some of President Obama’s new proposals for better intelligence to prevent future incidents, one of which is the so-called 14 country list. He also addressed some very important and controversial measures of security which have been recently been called into question.