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Sara Sorcher

Sara Sorcher Sara Sorcher is National Journal's national security correspondent. You can find her in the halls of the Pentagon, State Department and Congress covering defense, military and foreign policy issues. Before joining the newsroom in September 2010, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel. Her print and video packages have been featured with major outlets including ABC News, The New York Times, TIME, CNN World View and Global Post. Sorcher graduated magna cum laude in Middle Eastern Studies from Tufts University and speaks Hebrew and Arabic.
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Paul asks Clinton about U.S. apology for Koran burning

February 29, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, used Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's appearance before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to ask her about the U.S. apology over the military's alleged accidental burnings of Korans. The Koran-burning incident has led to widespread protests and the killing of several Americans ...

Clinton pledges $10 million to 'scale up' humanitarian efforts in Syria

February 27, 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday pledged $10 million to enhance humanitarian efforts in Syria, denouncing the escalating bloodshed at the hands of President Bashar al-Assad as an “appalling humanitarian disaster." Conditions on the ground in Syria are dire and getting worse, Clinton said in Tunisia at the first ...

Insiders: Pentagon should not bail out defense contractors

February 14, 2012 National Journal’s National Security Insiders said the Pentagon should not offer bailouts to keep defense companies or capabilities afloat, despite defense-budget cuts and shrinking military markets. The Defense Department’s top weapons buyer said last week that defense companies feeling the pinch of budget downsizing could receive a Pentagon bailout to ...

State Department budget request only slightly higher than 2012

February 13, 2012 President Obama on Monday requested $43.4 billion for the core budget of the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development for fiscal year 2013, with an additional $8.2 billion in a separate “overseas contingencies operations” account for civilian-led missions and programs in frontline states such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and ...

State Department pushes back on reports of plans to slash Iraq staff

February 8, 2012 The State Department is vociferously pushing back against what it called “funky” reports that the U.S. plans to cut the size of its diplomatic presence in Baghdad by as much as half because of security concerns and ongoing tensions with the increasingly authoritarian government. “Contrary to some of the news ...

Pentagon: Even ‘independent’ Afghan battalions still rely on NATO

February 8, 2012 The U.S.-led coalition’s day-to-day commander in Afghanistan said that “a very low number” of Afghan battalions are able to operate independently in the country--and even those still rely on coalition partners for logistical, medical, and maintenance support. Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the No. 2 ranking officer in Afghanistan who heads ...

Insiders: Pentagon's budget cuts are pragmatic for changing times

February 7, 2012 Three-quarters of National Journal’s National Security Insiders said the Obama administration’s plan to cut the Pentagon budget was a smart decision driven by the end of the Iraq war and the nation’s current fiscal crisis, dismissing criticism by defense hawks who maintain that chopping nearly $500 billion over 10 years ...

Long haul for U.S. to secure weapons stockpiles in Libya

February 3, 2012 In a sobering update on the effort to secure loose weapons in Libya, a senior State Department official on Thursday said the U.S. still doesn’t know how many antiaircraft missiles are missing from deposed leader Muammar el-Qaddafi’s massive stockpile — or even if any of them have slipped across the ...

Pentagon can't account for nearly $2 billion in Iraqi funds

January 30, 2012 A federal audit that found the Defense Department cannot account for nearly $2 billion in Iraqi funds is likely to fuel Baghdad's interest in pursuing a claim against Washington for failing to handle its money responsibly, the special inspector-general for Iraq reconstruction Stuart Bowen told National Journal. An audit published ...

Clinton denies U.S. role in killing Iranian nuclear scientist

January 11, 2012 Jacquelyn Martin/AP Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday refuted Iranian accusations that the U.S. had a role in killing a top nuclear scientist, addressing the latest escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran in recent days. "I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind ...