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on June 17, 2015
Bob Woodward’s Obama’s Wars would probably be more aptly titled Obama’s War as the primary focus is Afghanistan. When Iraq is brought up, it is usually as a counterpoint or contrast to the events in Afghanistan. With that said, it does not diminish what Bob Woodward has accomplished in this book. At the basic level, everyone assumes that every presidential administration has a degree of infighting. These people are obviously very prideful and opinioned subject to the same feelings of pride, jealously, rivalry as the rest of us.
Woodward is able to construct a narrative that shows the reader the civilian-military and even military-military rivalries within the Obama Administration as they try to figure out how to deal with the Afghanistan War and our “allies” in the Karzai family. It really isn’t a question of right or wrong as most rational actors will act in their own self-interest or their organizations interest as the case may be. I thought it was also interesting because the American public hears the decisions presidents make, but often little about the decision making process itself.
Obama’s Wars is a terrific book for those who want to know about presidential decision-making processes and those who just want a juicy narrative about the conflicting parties in a presidential administration.