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Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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"A must-read for policy wonks and a good primer on how American power works beyond our borders." --Kirkus
"Penetrating history of the presiden'ts effort to grapple with a world in flux..." --New York Times
"Sanger is one of the leading national security reporters in the United States, and this astonishingly revealing insider's account of the Obama administration's foreign policy process is a triumph of the genre.'' --Foreign Affairs
"Meticulously reported, immensely readable..." --The Washington Post
About the Author
DAVID E. SANGER is the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance. He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and has received numerous awards for coverage of the presidency and national security policy. He also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
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This book is an interesting read for foreign policy buffs but a must-read for cyber security professionals interested in the evolution of cyber warfare. It is the first published book that chronicles the current US government’s thinking about the merits of cyber attacks as a middle-ground diplomacy option between invading a country on one hand and sanctions or negotiations on the other. It is also the first book that gave the public details about operation “Olympic Games,” a multiyear covert operation that the governments of the United States and Israel directed against Iran that changed the cyber security landscape forever. Security pundits have been saying for years that cyber warfare is theoretically possible or, more precisely, that cyber weapons could cause physical damage on a massive scale. Olympic Games demonstrated conclusively that hackers can use a cyber vector alone, without the aid of other kinetic weapons, to destroy components of a country’s critical infrastructure. Regardless of how successful Olympic Games ultimately was in slowing down the Iranian nuclear program, using cyber tools to inflict physical damage against your adversaries is now a viable option. Operation Olympic Games represents the world crossing the line between theory and practice, and this book is your guide to understanding that decision. This book is part of the canon, and you should have read it by now.
It is not. It is well written, keeps you wanting more as the author explains all the issues and problems in the Middle East. Turns out that the US/Obama are more afraid of Pakistan on various levels. They cannot be trusted, they play both sides, and the US does not want them to become nuclear capable.
Discussions of why we believe we have to control nuclear armament by other countries. How we help one country for humanitarian reasons and ignore another for the same reasons. A cyber attack on Pakistans nuclear program is discussed.
The author does not assign blame but explains the political thinking and rationales. He writes an easy to understand manner and does not go into lots of Washingtonese language stuff.
Enjoyed the book immensely and will buy authors other book The Inheritance.
No discussion of morals in eliminating folks without clear mandates. Makes me nervous.