Bob Woodward Analyzes 'Obama's Wars'

Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Everyone talks to Bob Woodward," New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker told The Takeaway last week. Baker was talking about the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist's latest tome, "Obama's Wars," which has captivated Washington with its revelations of bitter infighting in the president's national security team.

In the book, Woodward describes a deep divide in the White House over Afghanistan strategy, as well as a president weary of increasing military presence even as he authorized an additional 30,000 troops on the ground there. Serious tensions exist between top military officers and the commander in chief, who felt boxed in by the military when they failed to provide him options other than a troop surge. Woodward also portrays clashes of egos and personalities among the military and civilian officials in charge of Afghanistan strategy.

Bob Woodward joins The Takeaway to talk about his new book, and what lies in the future for the Afghanistan war.

Guests:

Bob Woodward

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [3]

Dahl Hallman from Port Elgin, Ont. Canada

Thank you Mr. Woodward. As a Canadian I never truly understood the Afghanistan,Pakistan wars. This book was great and now I have a better understanding. Can,t wait to read your next book.

Jan. 01 2011 09:17 PM
Linda Hammond from Leesport, PA

Mr. Woodward, thank you for writing this book and for the acronymic glossary, in particular. Great insight into the President's decision-making process and challenges. He has had to really "stand his ground." It is December 2010; time for the troop surge review and assessment and I am so curious. FYI for next printing--Proofing errors on page 324, "In additional to Biden...." and page 366, "Untied..." instead of United.
Very informative read.
Linda H.

Dec. 02 2010 09:32 AM
perseus

Woodward stopped being the Woodward he once was long long ago.....

Oct. 02 2010 05:14 AM

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