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

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Crown, Jun 5, 2012 - Political Science - 528 pages
FROM INSIDE OBAMA’S SITUATION ROOM . . . THE CRITICAL MOMENTS IN THE COVERT WAR AGAINST IRAN, THE STRUGGLES TO DEAL WITH A RECALCITRANT PAKISTAN AND ITS FAST-GROWING NUCLEAR ARSENAL, THE TENSIONS WITH THE AMERICAN MILITARY OVER AFGHANISTAN AND WITH ALLIES SWEPT UP IN THE CHAOS OF THE ARAB SPRING
 
Three and a half years ago, David Sanger’s book The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power described how a new American president came to office with the world on fire. Now, just as the 2012 presidential election battle begins, Sanger follows up with an eye-opening, news-packed account of how Obama has dealt with those challenges, relying on innovative weapons and reconfigured tools of American power to try to manage a series of new threats. Sanger describes how Obama’s early idealism about fighting “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue and frustration, how the early hopes that the Arab Spring would bring about a democratic awakening slipped away, and how an effort to re-establish American power in the Pacific set the stage for a new era of tensions with the world’s great rising power, China. 

As the world seeks to understand the contours of the Obama Doctrine, Confront and Conceal is 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.
 

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User Review  - SigmundFraud - LibraryThing

Wonderfully informative re the wars in Afghanistan And Iran. A good expose on the use of predator drones and their effectiveness on the war on terror. They seem to be a reasonably precise weapon, if ... Read full review

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While this is a topical, important, and useful overview of Obama’s foreign policy posture thus far, it is not likely to be either politically or historically relevant after the upcoming election (i.e ... Read full review

Contents

Part
1
Without Really Leaving
114
Part II
139
Part III
241
THE REVOLTS AND THE RISE OF THE BROTHERHOOD
271
You Sold Out the Revolution
273
Searching for the Right Side of History
277
The Riddle of the Brotherhood
304
THE REBALANCING
367
Restraining the Tiger Containing the Kims
369
EPILOGUE
417
Acknowledgments
437
A Note on Sources
443
Endnotes
445
Index
473
Copyright

What Works Once Doesnt Always Work Twice
335

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DAVID E. SANGER is the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and bestselling author of The Inheritance. He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize and has received numerous awards for coverage of the presidency and national security policy. He also teaches national security policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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