DAVID GREENE, HOST:
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper thought he would be spending the year 2020 focusing on China, also Russia. Instead, he is leading the military through a series of attacks on and from Iran.
All Things Considered co-host Ari Shapiro went to the Pentagon late yesterday to interview Secretary Esper, and Ari joins us this morning. Hi, Ari.
ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Hi, David.
GREENE: So we should say Secretary Esper - confirmed in this job six months ago...