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Obamas Wars

Playing the Obama Bumper Sticker Game

Jeff Cohen | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

There's no easier way to gauge the disappointment that liberals and progressives should feel toward President Obama than to look at their cars -- more specifically, their bumper stickers.

Will India Win Coveted UN Seat?

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sunil Sharan

The mandarins of New Delhi must be pleased as punch to have had over to visit leaders of all five permanent member countries in quick succession. Inexorable appears the march but will India find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

3,000 Man CIA Paramilitary Force Hunts Militants In Afghanistan, Pakistan

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER and ADAM GOLDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The CIA has trained and bankrolled a well-paid force of elite Afghan paramilitaries for nearly eight years to hunt al-Qaida and the...

Gates Downplays Tom Donilon Objection Quoted In Woodward Book

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he works well with the man set to become President Barack Obama's next national security advise...

HuffPost Review: Obama's Wars

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Brenner

European monarchs of old had court portraitists. American presidencies have Bob Woodward. The purpose is similar: to immortalize the ruler at the height of his power.

The War Addicts: 2016 and Then Some

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Like people bingeing on anything, the present Pentagon and military cast of characters can't stop themselves. The thought that in Afghanistan or anywhere else they might have to go on a diet, as sooner or later they will, is deeply unnerving.

WATCH Woodward: Obama 'Psychologically' Out Of Afghanistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama is "psychologically" out of Afghanistan, says author and Washington Post editor Bob Woodward. Woodward appeared on CBS's "Early Show"...

Robert Gates: 'We're Not Ever Leaving' Afghanistan

Huffington Post | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a shocking indication of a split between the White House and the Pentagon over the war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes that...

Obama: 'We Need To Make Clear To People That The Cancer Is In Pakistan'

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama dispatched his national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta to Pakistan for a series o...

"It's Not the Numbers, It's the Strategy." Vice President Biden, November 2009

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Hoh

If this December's review is nothing more than a repeat of last year's incomplete decision making process, then the United States and her interests will be done a disservice by our nation's leaders, both uniformed and civilian.

Schizophrenia, Prizefighters and 'Obama's Wars'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars" The Los Angeles Times: "What Woodward's signature brand of exhaustive reporting and access to sources -- including Obama...

Bob Woodward With George Stephanopoulos: What Are The 'Lessons Of Vietnam, World War II' For Obama? (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"There's so much to talk about, but let's begin with the news of the morning," George Stephanopoulos said this morning to Bob Woodward, author of "Oba...

Bob Woodward To Diane Sawyer About Obama's First Days In Office: 'It's A Cold Shower' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Bob Woodward discussed his hotly anticipated new book, "Obama's Wars," with Diane Sawyer on ABC's "World News" last night. "You do have a heart-poun...

Military Thwarted President Seeking Choice In Afghanistan

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama was on edge. For two exhausting months, he had been asking military advisers to give him a range of options for the war in Afghanista...

Global War on Terror Costing Big Time

George C. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George C. Wilson

In his new book out today, Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward quotes President Obama as telling Defense Secretary Gates and Secretary of State Clinton, "I'm n...

Prisoners of War: Bob Woodward and All the President's Men (2010 Edition)

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

Once a serious journalist, the Washington Post's Bob Woodward now makes a very fine living as chief gossip-monger of the governing class.

The CIA'S New Shadow Army

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

Woodward's most interesting revelation in his new book: the US Central Intelligence Agency is operating a secret, 3,000-man Afghan mercenary force whose mission is assassinating Taliban and al-Qaida fighters.

Greta: I WILL Interview Woodward After All

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

What a difference a day makes. After angrily canceling a planned interview with author and journalist Bob Woodward, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren ...

Gates Takes On Woodward Book Charges

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that the Obama administration's redrawn Afghanistan war strategy is sound, answering c...

Greta Van Susteren CANCELS Bob Woodward Interview... See Why...

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Greta Van Susteren announced that she canceled an interview with Bob Woodward because his publishers refused to give her a copy of his new book prior ...

Reading the Pictures: Obama's Wars (And That's Just at the Office)

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-09-23-shawpull.jpgIf Mike Allen thinks Woodward's book is a net positive for Obama, the cover surely isn't.

Questions, Questions: Discuss Amongst Yourselves

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

If tainted eggs can spread salmonella, can tainted salmon spread eggstacy?

Jason Linkins

Woodward Book, 'Obama's Wars', Spawns Cracked Reactions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The release of a Bob Woodward book is something of a tradition in politics, and here's how it works: the week before its release, copies are obtained by reporters, who comb through the tome to find zazzy parts of the book to write about. Obama's Wars recreates that time when Obama was trying to develop a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, working with advisors who were split on what to do. Of course, this is all stuff that you already knew because it was extensively reported in the news. But if you just cannot absorb information unless it comes constructed in mise-en-scene form by an author who can relate the color and contours of the White House tea service in loving detail, then this book is for you.

General Petraeus Supports Third World America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

By the time Petraeus' melded version of foreign and war policy comes to an end, whenever that is, we're guaranteed one thing: There's not going to be much left that's recognizably American about America.

Woodward: U.S. Drones Killed Americans In Pakistan

SpyTalk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CIA drones killed "many Westerners, including some U.S. passport holders" in Pakistan's tribal area during the George W. Bush administration, the new ...