AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: In the last two weeks, the U.S. and Iran have come closer to war than they've been in decades. At the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is navigating the military through this crisis. Our co-host Ari Shapiro just interviewed the defense secretary at his Pentagon office. Hey there, Ari. ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, Audie. CORNISH: All right. You're just back from that conversation. What stood out to you? SHAPIRO: Well, we asked him about all the big stories of the day - the Saudi cadets kicked off American military bases, the administration's conflicting stories about intelligence indicating an imminent attack by Qassem Soleimani. As you'll remember, the president said there were plans to attack four U.S. embassies. On Sunday,...
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper On 'Nested' Communications And Iran-Backed Militias