Here is what all the cool people are talking about this week, Bob Woodward’s new book Obama’s Wars:
“Obama’s Wars,” a new book by respected “Washington Post” journalist Bob Woodward, is not due to be released until September 27, but excerpts published in two U.S. newspapers are already fueling public debate in the United States with revelations about President Barack Obama’s war effort in Afghanistan.
Published by “The Washington Post” and “The New York Times,” the excerpts detail how Obama’s initial attempts to take control of the war in Afghanistan resulted in a plan driven more by politics than U.S. national security. [Radio Free Europe]
You can click to the link to read some of the various excerpts from the book which do make it appear that politics had a lot to do with the Afghanistan war strategy initially. The Washington Post editor also has an interesting Q & A about the book here. I will need to read the book to draw any firm opinions, but I won’t be reading it as long as it costs the ridiculous $14.99 for the Kindle edition when the hard cover costs $16.20. How can the Kindle edition cost so much when there is no printing or shipping fees for the book?
Anyway it now appears judging by statements coming from General Petraeus lately realism is beginning to drive the Afghan policy instead of politics.