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White House: New Woodward book shows 'decisive' president
The Hill ^

Posted on 09/22/2010 8:05:15 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

White House: New Woodward book shows 'decisive' president


 By Sam Youngman - 09/22/10 10:23 AM ET

The White House says the new book by famed Washington journalist Bob Woodward, "Obama's Wars," paints a picture of an "analytical, strategic and decisive" wartime president and "does not reveal anything new" about the administration's war strategy.

After excerpts of Woodward's book containing explosive revelations appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post late Tuesday night, a senior administration official responded that the full picture is one of a president asking hard questions to make difficult decisions about Afghanistan — not simply a White House badly divided over strategy.

While the early previews of the book, due out on Monday, focus on intense infighting among Obama's national security team in the lead-up to the president's decision on a strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the official said "the debates in the book are well-known because the policy review process was covered so exhaustively."



"The president comes across in the review, and throughout the decision-making process, as a commander-in-chief who is analytical, strategic and decisive, with a broad view of history, national security and his role," the official said.



(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bobwoodward; obamaswar; obamaswars
Pathetic........
1 posted on 09/22/2010 8:05:17 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Without the book, I already know that he is decisively ignorant.


2 posted on 09/22/2010 8:06:37 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s easy to be “decisive” when you don’t really care, don’t have anything invested in the outcome and just want to get back on the golf course.


3 posted on 09/22/2010 8:07:03 AM PDT by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Last time I checked a president who just goes along with his advisers and against his gut instincts isn't “Decisive”. Unless the decision they are talking about is deciding to play golf while the world goes into the dumpster.
4 posted on 09/22/2010 8:08:47 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Sub-Driver

LOL...if only we could harness the spin out of this lying White House we could produce enough energy for the East Coast.


5 posted on 09/22/2010 8:09:22 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: brownsfan

“We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.” Barrack Hussein Obama 2010


6 posted on 09/22/2010 8:09:42 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Sub-Driver

And how long did it take him to “decisively” decide what to do in Afghanistan???? Months!


7 posted on 09/22/2010 8:10:29 AM PDT by Dinah Lord
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To: Sub-Driver

Heritage has some analysis of this @
http://blog.heritage.org/2010/09/22/morning-bell-what-is-obama-president-of-again/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Morning%2BBell


8 posted on 09/22/2010 8:10:55 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: Sub-Driver

They are not disavowing it. There is lot already revealed that make him and his minions look like idiots.


9 posted on 09/22/2010 8:11:10 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Sub-Driver

Woodward’s hymnal for the choir!


10 posted on 09/22/2010 8:11:19 AM PDT by timetostand (Ya say ya wanna revolution -- OK!)
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To: Sub-Driver
He should have named it "Kneepads, how the press sucks up to a president."

He does everything that Woodward exposed against Nixon with his Chicago thuggery, but Woodward's all about the kneepads now.

11 posted on 09/22/2010 8:12:41 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Sub-Driver

Woodward’s not a fool - this is somewhat encouraging... or maybe just ‘not as hopeless’...


12 posted on 09/22/2010 8:14:39 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2589165/posts)
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To: Sub-Driver

Real decisive......uhm, er, uhhh let me clear um, uh I uh ahem um me uhh, errr,


13 posted on 09/22/2010 8:15:40 AM PDT by sniper63 (I am the leader of the TEA Party, I, myself am the leader of me, myself for I am the TEA Party!)
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To: Sub-Driver

The book also shows that Mr. Obama is also a superb community organizer.

That’s my secret dream, you know - to go out and organize communities full of felons.

Gosh, what fun!


14 posted on 09/22/2010 8:17:53 AM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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To: brownsfan

He is decisively wrong on almost all occasions.

Hitler, Pol Pot and Stalin were all decisive as well.

[Godwin’s law duly noted]


15 posted on 09/22/2010 8:18:04 AM PDT by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Sub-Driver

To state the obvious, the propagandizing Leftist shill Wooodward, is damaged goods.

Where was super journalist, Mr. “All the Presidents Men” during the overtly criminal Clinton administration?


16 posted on 09/22/2010 8:20:48 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Sub-Driver

Ahh, I see Woodward has finally moved into the fiction genre!


17 posted on 09/22/2010 8:23:11 AM PDT by Emily RN
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To: SumProVita

What do u expect from a journOlist who did everything to embarrass GOP presidents but lick the boots of every Dem president? I can read a one page article about this so-called decisive president at the nutty daily kos.


18 posted on 09/22/2010 8:24:16 AM PDT by max americana (Hoax and Chains, Dopeychangey)
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To: Sub-Driver

You sure he didn’t mean to say “divisive”?


19 posted on 09/22/2010 8:26:11 AM PDT by Califreak (A man is defined by the nature of his enemies-Preach it Rush!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Vintage David Axelrod.


20 posted on 09/22/2010 8:27:20 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: Sub-Driver

21 posted on 09/22/2010 8:35:05 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Sub-Driver
This Woodward book somewhat if not completely confirms this. I think the Clinton Machine is at work and Hillary will challenge Obama as a (fake of course) center right moderate. It won't work too many people are wide awake now but God help us.
22 posted on 09/22/2010 8:36:25 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: SumProVita

Yeah we all knew all of this. It is just confirmed with details now.

Looking at all that have quit and a chief of staff that wants to take a paygrade drop and be mayor says a lot.


23 posted on 09/22/2010 8:38:47 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Sub-Driver; LucyT

Woodward’s book portrays Obama and the White House as barraged by warnings about the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and confronted with the difficulty in preventing them. During an interview with Woodward in July, the president said, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.”

In a dramatic scene at the White House on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, Obama summoned the national security team to outline his decision and distribute his six-page terms sheet. He went around the room, one by one, asking each participant whether he or she had any objections - to “say so now,” Woodward reports.

The document - a copy of which is reprinted in the book - took the unusual step of stating, along with the strategy’s objectives, what the military was not supposed to do. The president went into detail, according to Woodward, to make sure that the military wouldn’t attempt to expand the mission.

After Obama informed the military of his decision, Woodward writes, the Pentagon kept trying to reopen the decision, peppering the White House with new questions. Obama, in exasperation, reacted by asking, “Why do we keep having these meetings?”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/21/AR2010092106706_pf.html


24 posted on 09/22/2010 8:40:03 AM PDT by mojitojoe ("Ridicule is man's most potent weapon" Saul Alinsky... I will take Odungo's mentors advice)
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To: SumProVita

The President has decided to use the teleprompter


25 posted on 09/22/2010 8:42:30 AM PDT by woofie
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To: COUNTrecount

“We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger.” Barrack Hussein Obama 2010

This is all you need to know about this so-called Commander in Chief. We are all expendable to him as long as he survives and rules.


26 posted on 09/22/2010 8:55:32 AM PDT by BlessingsofLiberty (Remember 911 *** God Bless Our Troops)
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To: Sub-Driver

Does anyone actually believe a dedicated leftist like Woodward would write a book highly critical of The One??!! Why do you think HE was invited to the White House to write a book rather than RUSH or SAVAGE or COULTER????


27 posted on 09/22/2010 8:56:22 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Sub-Driver

Interesting. There is no denial of Woodward’s account in the WH statement, just spin.

Sounds like the WH just confirmed the accuracy of the Woodward account. Draw your own conclusions.


28 posted on 09/22/2010 9:00:54 AM PDT by mojito
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To: BlessingsofLiberty

Very true.


29 posted on 09/22/2010 9:03:13 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Read the Washington Post and New York Times articles about this. This book will be VERY, VERY bad for Obama, and should be a huge benefit for Republicans in the election.

Among other things Obama says that we can “absorb” a terrorist attack, so we are surrendering in Afghanistan. He says he needs to surrender because he wants to spend the money elsewhere (social programs), and because the Democratic Party wants him to. In other words, we are surrendering so that Obama can win this election.


30 posted on 09/22/2010 9:06:12 AM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: mojitojoe

Yes. Obama ignored the advice of all his generals and instead came up with his own 6 page document for surrender. That’s our war strategy.

The NY Times article also says that the White House gagged General Patraeus, ordering him not to appear on television talk shows.


31 posted on 09/22/2010 9:08:14 AM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: Sub-Driver

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/22/world/asia/22policy.html?hp


32 posted on 09/22/2010 9:09:32 AM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: Sub-Driver
Here, again, a U. S. president seems to be portrayed in this book as the cartoonist once portrayed a weak Jimmy Carter, calling out to the crowd ahead of him, "Wait, wait, there go my people. I am their leader. I must follow them."
33 posted on 09/22/2010 9:11:46 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Sub-Driver

divisive maybe but decisive???


34 posted on 09/22/2010 9:15:50 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("It's amazing, A man who has such large ears could be so tone deaf" Rush Limbaugh 9/8/10)
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To: Siegfried X

Petraeus is turning into an O “yes man’. What a disgrace.


35 posted on 09/22/2010 9:43:50 AM PDT by mojitojoe ("Ridicule is man's most potent weapon" Saul Alinsky... I will take Odungo's mentors advice)
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To: mojitojoe
Wrong interpret ration.
36 posted on 09/22/2010 9:50:49 AM PDT by verity
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To: verity

interpretation...
egads.


37 posted on 09/22/2010 9:52:12 AM PDT by verity
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To: Sub-Driver

Here is how Obama will allow another 9/11 to happen:

So (1) Obama refuses to destroy the terrorist bases overseas, and is withdrawing all our forces

(2) Obama is leaving our borders wide open, so the Afgan-trained terrorists will easily be able to infiltrate through Mexico.

(3) Once the terrorists arrive, Obama’s “sanctuary” policy means that police can’t question those illegal alien terrorists, or deport them. (Under Obama’s policy only illegal aliens who commit other crimes like theft can be deported).

This means that 9/11 can be repeated again by the same process. First, terrorists will train in their bases in Afghanistan. Second, they will cross our borders into the USA. Third, they can remain here and train, like the 9/11 terrorists did, because Obama wouldn’t allow their expulsion. Finally, they could launch their attack.


38 posted on 09/22/2010 9:59:26 AM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ve met many stupid people who were decisive.


39 posted on 09/22/2010 10:50:17 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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