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Confront and Conceal Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power

ISBN-10: 0307718034
ISBN-13: 9780307718037
Edition: N/A
Authors: David E. Sanger
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

“Stunning revelations…This is an account that long will be consulted by anyone trying to understand not just Iran but warfare in the 21st century…an important book.” –Tom Ricks,New York Times FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OFTHE INHERITANCE, A REVEALING  AND NEWS-BREAKING ACCOUNT OF OBAMA’S AGGRESSIVE USE OF INNOVATIVE WEAPONS AND NEW TOOLS OF AMERICAN POWER TO MANAGE A RAPIDLY SHIFTING WORLD OF GLOBAL THREATS AND CHALLENGESInside the White House Situation Room, the newly elected Barack Obama immerses himself in the details of a remark­able new American capability to launch cyberwar against Iran—and escalates covert operations to delay the day when the mullahs could obtain a nuclear weapon. Over the next three years Obama accelerates drone attacks as an alter­native to putting troops on the ground in Pakistan, and becomes increasingly reliant on the Special Forces, whose hunting of al-Qaeda illuminates the path out of an unwin­nable war in Afghanistan. Confront and Concealprovides readers with a picture of an administration that came to office with the world on fire. It takes them into the Situation Room debate over how to undermine Iran’s program while simultaneously trying to prevent Israel from taking military action that could plunge the region into another war. It dissects how the bin Laden raid worsened the dysfunctional relationship with Pakistan. And it traces how Obama’s early idealism about fighting “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue and frustration. One of the most trusted and acclaimed national security correspondents in the country, David Sanger of theNew York Timestakes readers deep inside the Obama adminis­tration’s most perilous decisions: The president dispatch­es an emergency search team to the Gulf when the White House briefly fears the Taliban may have obtained the Bomb, but he rejects a plan in late 2011 to send in Special Forces to recover a stealth drone that went down in Iran. Obama overrules his advisers and takes the riskiest path in killing Osama bin Laden, and ignores their advice when he helps oust Hosni Mubarak from the presidency of Egypt. “The surprise is his aggressiveness,” a key ambassador who works closely with Obama reports. Yet the president has also pivoted American foreign policy away from the attritional wars of the past decade, attempting to preserve America’s influence with a lighter, defter touch—all while focusing on a new era of diplomacy in Asia and reconfiguring America’s role during a time of economic turmoil and austerity. As the world seeks to understand whether there is an Obama Doctrine,Confront and Concealis a fascinating, unflinching account of these complex years, in which the president and his administration have found themselves struggling to stay ahead in a world where power is diffuse and America’s ability to exert control grows ever more elusive.

David E. Sanger was born in White Plains, New York on July 5, 1960 and graduated from Harvard College in 1982. He worked for the Tokyo bureau of The New York Times before becoming its Chief Washington Correspondent. Sanger was a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, one for an investigation of the space agency and the other regarding exports to China. He has won several other awards in journalism, including the Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting.

Prologue
Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Curse of Unfinished Business
Blowing Smoke
"Afghan Good Enough"
The Bomb Scare
Getting bin Laden, Losing Pakistan
The Long Game: Getting Out, Without Really Leaving
Iran: The Zone of Immunity
The Secret War
"Cut Off the Head of the Snake"
Olympic Games
"The Land of Lousy Options"
Drones and Cyber: The Remote-Control War
The Dark Side of the Light Footprint
Arab Spring: The Revolts, and the Rise of the Brotherhood
"You Sold Out the Revolution"
Searching for the "Right Side of History"
The Riddle of the Brotherhood
What Works Once Doesn't Always Work Twice
China and North Korea: The Rebalancing
Restraining the Tiger, Containing the Kims
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
A Note on Sources
Endnotes
Index

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