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Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward
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Oct 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: afghanistan
Read from October 13 to 15, 2010

Fascinating account of decision making in the White House. Reads like a thriller. Obama relies too much on his Chicago Mafia but is firmly in charge. Rahm was a mistake. He wouldn't even show Jones, the NSA, drafts of speeches. The NSA had to listen to them like the rest of the nation and Obama let this happen. General Jones, a class guy, was not respected. I almost wanted to laugh and cry hearing the account of the war planning. I could have gotten more precise and sound advice from a bunch of West Point lieutenants conducting mission planning than the "experts" on the National Security staff. They couldn't even define the word defeat. Mullen and Petraeus come across as defiant know it alls. Rahm and Donilon just don't get it-they are the ones creating the us and them mentality between the military and the civilians. Gates and Jones were the peacemakers. Both are gone or will be gone. Obama has the right vision but he needs to be less reliant on his political/campaign staff. Good riddance Rahm. Donilon should not be the NSA. I'm going to sleep less secure now.
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Trish I don't thiknk Dolilan is gone. Wasn't he just promoted to Rahm's place? Woodward is very good. How I would like to take his word for everything. He has such broad contacts. What really makes me sick is that Obama may not have been getting good, or sufficient advice to make good decisions. But he is a busy guy, which is why he needs all his people doing their jobs all the time. Ain't it always the way?

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