Confront and Conceal
Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power
David E. Sanger
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FROM INSIDE OBAMA’S SITUATION ROOM . . . THE CRITICAL MOMENTS IN THE COVERT WAR AGAINST IRAN, THE STRUGGLES TO DEAL WITH A RECALCITRANT PAKISTAN AND ITS FAST-GROWING NUCLEAR ARSENAL, THE TENSIONS WITH THE AMERICAN MILITARY OVER AFGHANISTAN AND WITH ALLIES SWEPT UP IN THE CHAOS OF THE ARAB SPRING
Three and a half years ago, David Sanger’s book The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power described how a new American president came to office with the world on fire. Now, just as the 2012 presidential election battle begins, Sanger follows up with an eye-opening, news-packed account of how Obama has dealt with those challenges, relying on innovative weapons and reconfigured tools of American power to try to manage a series of new threats. Sanger describes how Obama’s early idealism about fighting “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue and frustration, how the early hopes that the Arab Spring would bring about a democratic awakening slipped away, and how an effort to re-establish American power in the Pacific set the stage for a new era of tensions with the world’s great rising power, China.
As the world seeks to understand the contours of the Obama Doctrine, Confront and Conceal is a fascinating, unflinching account of these complex years, in which the president and his administration have found themselves struggling to stay ahead in a world where power is diffuse and America’s ability to exert control grows ever more elusive.
Leaking for money
This book leaks classified information that should not be published and that harms US security. The facts on the Bin Laden raid are mucked up, particularly as to how he died. The writing is chatty like much NYT writing. The author purports to provide an insight into the foreign policy decision making and strategy of the Obama administration. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in international relations and political science, but only as a supplementary source.
The 'Echo Chamber' in Print
To be fair, it's not that you won't learn some things you hadn't heard. But, if Ben Rhodes makes you nauseas you will struggle with this Team Obama cheerleading tour de force. Can I have my $12 back now please?