The Resource Obama's wars, Bob Woodward

Obama's wars, Bob Woodward

Label
Obama's wars
Title
Obama's wars
Statement of responsibility
Bob Woodward
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the Publisher: In Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward provides the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism. At the core of Obama's Wars is the unsettled division between the civilian leadership in the White House and the United States military as the president is thwarted in his efforts to craft an exit plan for the Afghanistan War. "So what's my option?" the president asked his war cabinet, seeking alternatives to the Afghanistan commander's request for 40,000 more troops in late 2009. "You have essentially given me one option. ...It's unacceptable." "Well, " Secretary of Defense Robert Gates finally said, "Mr. President, I think we owe you that option." It never came. An untamed Vice President Joe Biden pushes relentlessly to limit the military mission and avoid another Vietnam. The vice president frantically sent half a dozen handwritten memos by secure fax to Obama on the eve of the final troop decision. President Obama's ordering a surge of 30,000 troops and pledging to start withdrawing U.S. forces by July 2011 did not end the skirmishing. General David Petraeus, the new Afghanistan commander, thinks time can be added to the clock if he shows progress. "I don't think you win this war, " Petraeus said privately. "This is the kind of fight we're in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids' lives." Hovering over this debate is the possibility of another terrorist attack in the United States. The White House led a secret exercise showing how unprepared the government is if terrorists set off a nuclear bomb in an American city-which Obama told Woodward is at the top of the list of what he worries about all the time. Verbatim quotes from secret debates and White House strategy sessions-and firsthand accounts of the thoughts and concerns of the president, his war council and his general-reveal a government in conflict, often consumed with nasty infighting and fundamental disputes
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Woodward, Bob
Dewey number
973.932/092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E908.3
LC item number
.W66 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Obama, Barack
  • United States
  • National security
  • Afghan War, 2001-
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
  • Pakistan
  • United States
Label
Obama's wars, Bob Woodward
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [391]-416) and index
Contents
Author's personal note -- Note to readers -- Cast of characters -- Chapter 1-33 -- Glossary -- President Obama's final orders, November 29, 2009 -- Chapter notes -- Acknowledgments -- Photography credits -- Index
Control code
ocn662504081
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Extent
xviii, 441 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781439172490
Lccn
2010513758
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1251246
  • (OCoLC)662504081
Label
Obama's wars, Bob Woodward
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [391]-416) and index
Contents
Author's personal note -- Note to readers -- Cast of characters -- Chapter 1-33 -- Glossary -- President Obama's final orders, November 29, 2009 -- Chapter notes -- Acknowledgments -- Photography credits -- Index
Control code
ocn662504081
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Extent
xviii, 441 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781439172490
Lccn
2010513758
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1251246
  • (OCoLC)662504081

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