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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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Benghazi May Not Ruin Hillary Clinton's Chances of Becoming President

June 17, 2014 If Hillary Clinton runs for president, the furor over the Benghazi attack will not ruin her chances of winning, 90 percent of National Journal's National Security Insiders said. The former secretary of State is already girding against jabs from Republicans over her handling of the 2012 attack in Libya, insisting...

Insiders Support Bergdahl Swap—but Just Barely

June 10, 2014 A slim majority of National Journal's National Security Insiders said the Obama administration made the right decision to release five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. "We have a moral commitment to bring home our soldiers," one Insider said. "Quibbling over the net benefit...

Congress Knew the White House Had Considered a Prisoner Swap

June 4, 2014 Why didn't the White House notify Congress before swapping terrorist suspects for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl? Perhaps because President Obama knew he'd find resistance. He already had once before, according to an aide to Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. In 2011, the administration floated the possibility of exchanging...

Cyberspying Indictments Will Not Stop China From Hacking U.S. Businesses, Insiders Say

May 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The high-profile U.S. indictments against five Chinese military officers will not encourage China to stop hacking American businesses to steal valuable trade secrets, virtually all of National Journal's National Security Insiders said. It was the first time the U.S. brought a criminal case against a foreign government for cyberspying, but...

Pakistan Wants Drones and It Doesn't Need America's Permission to Get Them

May 16, 2014 ISLAMABAD—From one breath to the next, Pakistani officials make the case for and against drone strikes. Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan's minister of planning and development, for instance, calls American drone operations "very counterproductive." He says, "If they hit one target, they also bring collateral damage.... The whole tribe stands up, we...

Like CSI Pakistan, New Methods Hope to Boost Counterterrorism

May 15, 2014 LAHORE, Pakistan—When he first heard gunshots, Raza Rumi, a prominent Pakistani TV anchor and columnist, was checking Twitter. He thought the pops were celebrations at a nearby wedding, until he looked up from his cell phone to see the telltale flash of a submachine gun. "I said, 'Oh shit, they've...

NATO Chief Says Russia Could Take Ukraine Without Invading

May 2, 2014 Russia does not need to invade Ukraine to take over eastern parts of the country, NATO's top military commander said Friday. Instead, Russian President Vladimir Putin may be able to annex pieces of Ukraine simply by encouraging unrest among pro-Russian forces inside the country, said Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove,...

Poll: NATO Is Unprepared to Counter Russia

April 29, 2014 A whopping three-quarters of National Journal's National Security Insiders said the NATO alliance is not prepared to counter a newly aggressive Russia, which has been conducting military exercises on Ukraine's border, sparking fears it may invade. "NATO (except for its Eastern European members) bought the whole 'peace dividend' idea when...

Security Insiders: Defense Budget Cuts Put the Military on a Dangerous Course

April 7, 2014 The planned cuts to the Pentagon's budget put the U.S. military on a dangerous course with too few resources to fight, a majority of National Journal's National Security Insiders said. "The threat is increasing as our defenses atrophy," one Insider said. "Nation-building at home is not a national security strategy."...

Who Will Replace Rogers at House Intel Committee?

March 30, 2014 One of the loudest backers of the government's spy operations is taking his voice from Congress to the radio waves. And already ambitious colleagues are vying to replace him. Mike Rogers's surprise announcement early Friday morning that he was not seeking reelection in November—and instead starting a new career as...

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