Kill or Capture The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency

ISBN-10: 0544002164
ISBN-13: 9780544002166
Edition: 2012
Authors: Daniel Klaidman
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Description: Is Barack Obama an idealist or a ruthless pragmatist? He vowed to close Guantánamo, put an end to coercive interrogation and military tribunals, and restore American principles of justice, yet in his first term he has backtracked on each of these  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Is Barack Obama an idealist or a ruthless pragmatist? He vowed to close Guantánamo, put an end to coercive interrogation and military tribunals, and restore American principles of justice, yet in his first term he has backtracked on each of these promises, ramping up the secret war of drone strikes and covert operations. Behind the scenes, wrenching debates between hawks and doves—those who would kill versus those who would capture—have repeatedly tested the very core of the president’s identity. Top investigative reporter Dan Klaidman has spoken to dozens of sources to piece together a riveting Washington story, packed with revelations. As the president’s inner circle debated secret programs, new legal frontiers, and the disjuncture between principles and down-and-dirty politics, Obama vacillated, sometimes lashed out, and spoke in lofty tones while approving a mounting toll of assassinations and kinetic-war operations. Klaidman’s fly-on-the-wall reporting reveals who has his ear, how key national security decisions are really made, and whether or not President Obama has lived up to the promise of candidate Obama. Readers making up their minds about him during the 2012 election year will turn toKill or Captureto decide.

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.

Cast of Characters
A Note on Sources
Prologue
The Promise
Where the Fuck Is bin Laden?
Torture Debates and Murder Boards
Escape from Gitmo
Kill or Capture
How Not to Try a Terrorist
The Christmas Gift
From Warfare to Lawfare
"The President Is Anguished"
Textbook
Epilogue
Postscript
Acknowledgments
Index

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