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Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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"A good book to read if you want an answer to the question, 'What happened?' That is, what happened to the idealistic Obama of the 2008 campaign who was going to shut down GuantÃ¡namo, end indefinite detention, try terrorist suspects in civilian courts, take civil liberties more seriously, and end the rabid secrecy of the Bush era? How did he turn into the guy who not only didn't do any of that stuff, but became a drone-obsessed killing machine in the process?"
—Kevin Drum, Mother Jones
"Divulge(s) the details of top-level deliberations—details that were almost certainly known only to the administration's inner circle. Likely to be the most thorough accounts of America's recent national-security efforts that we shall receive before the November election."
—The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Daniel Klaidman is a special correspondent for Newsweek, where he has worked since 1996, serving as investigative reporter, Middle East correspondent, Washington bureau chief, and managing editor, before his current position. After 9/11 he led Newsweek's award-winning coverage of the attacks and their aftermath. He is the author of numerous cover stories on terrorism and national security. Klaidman lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.
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One of the values of this book is that it shows Obama's policy emerging -- as often happens in Washington -- from intense infighting in the Obama administration. Central is the conflict between the principled Attorney General, Eric Holder, and the hawkish and cynical Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel. Under intense pressure from Congress and buffeted by events (including the attempted Christmas 2010 "underwear bombing" on a flight approaching Detroit), Obama chooses expediency, partly under this duress, partly because he himself has more than a streak of it.
Klaidman writes a fast-paced journalistic narrative, which only occasionally slows down for analysis. For a closer look at the issues in drone strikes, see Drone Warfare.
Compared to the newspapers coverage on the topic, this book deserves 5-stars for its educational value. However, out of respect for political current event books in general, I can only give it 4-stars.
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An In-depth look at the decision making process (and how it was developed) for U.S.-backed drone strikes against terrorists overseas.Published 6 months ago by cl
Daniel Klaidman takes the reader inside the Obama Administration's decision-making process is using remotely-piloted aircraft in counter-terrorism. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Ellis Hopkins
One of the lesser talked-about legacies of the George W. Bush administration is a group of prisoners who are, almost literally, in limbo. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by B. A Varkentine
Not that I have a problem with killing these maniacs....but as far as Mr. Obama's reason.....since he can't break his promise
about Gitmo... Read more
obama suddenly appears from nowhere, a total unknown, financed by the homosexual George Soros, obama sets out to help George Soros ruin our way of life in our United States of... Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by George W. Newport