September 22nd, 2010
10:57 AM ET

Official defends Obama ahead of revelations in Woodward book

A senior administration official defended President Barack Obama on Wednesday as a decisive commander-in-chief ahead of next week's release of a book that reveals an administration deeply divided over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

"Obama's Wars," by veteran Washington journalist Bob Woodward, describes a frustrated president who urgently sought an exit plan, only to be provided with options that involved increased U.S. troop levels, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Woodward is associate editor of the newspaper.

Woodward takes readers behind the scenes in the Obama White House through accounts of closed-door strategy sessions, private conversations, internal memos and hours of interviews with key players.

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  1. phil

    Gee wiz Bob. Do you like it when someone looks over your shoulder? When there are lives, as opposed to ink, on the line? this isn't 19 fricken 72.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Boney

    Isn't it funny how everybody is jumping off bama's ship! now Rahm ditching him! I guess they realize it's not "yes we can" but rather "no we can't"

    September 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. p.philly

    it's time for us to march in washington dc (oct) along with our president. be there if u dont want to go backwards

    September 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. p.philly

    it's time for all of us to go to washington dc (oct) to march with our president. if not we will be going backwards

    September 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ancient Texan

    Going backward to 4.9% unemployment and the Dow @ 14,000 and Sen. Obama voting "present" wouldn't be a bad thing.

    September 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tony

      Your side would love to take us all the way back to the Dark Ages.

      September 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Vic

      I'm with you Ancient!

      September 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ed says This is a Non-issue!

    The only remedy to avail dissenters is the following rules:

    RULE #1:
    Common sense!

    If that doesn't work, try the following rule:

    RULE #2:
    Follow Commander-in-Chief's Directives!

    September 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jim Brieske

    Senator Obama should have never ran for the job. He is a coward who complained about the death toll of our soldiers in Iraq. More people were killed last year on U.S. roadways because of cell phone using drivers.
    It's war. I assure you those who die and are deserving of it, go to Heaven. So go ahead kill civilians if your soldiers are in danger. If you don't then five things will happen.
    1. God will think you don't believe in him. He created Heaven.
    2. You will lose the War in Afghanistan.
    3. The Taliban will take control of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    4. There will never be freedom and equality for women there.
    5. The Taliban will gain control of nuclear weapons in Pakistan.
    I highly suggest this incapable person either resign or stop his stupid selfish behavior.
    Quit concerning himself with golfballs and basketballs.
    Get his own pair and kick the you know what out The Taliban. No matter what it takes.
    God is going to punish on the scale that we have never seen if nukes go to religious fanatics anywhere.
    jim

    September 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jim Brieske

    Senator Obama should have never ran for the job. He complained about the death toll of our soldiers in Iraq. More people were killed last year on U.S. roadways because of cell phone using drivers.
    It's war. I assure you those who die and are deserving of it, go to Heaven. So go ahead kill civilians if your soldiers are in danger. Winning is crucial. You don't then five things will happen.
    1. God will think you don't believe in him. He created Heaven.
    2. You will lose the War in Afghanistan.
    3. The Taliban will take control of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    4. There will never be freedom and equality for women there.
    5. The Taliban will gain control of nuclear weapons in Pakistan.
    I highly suggest this incapable person either resign or stop his stupid selfish behavior.
    Quit concerning himself with golfballs and basketballs.
    Get his own pair and kick the you know what out The Taliban. No matter what it takes.
    God is going to punish on the scale that we have never seen if nukes go to religious fanatics anywhere.
    jim

    September 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. veronica in SD

    I'm beyond upset 4 Mr PRESIDENT Obama 2 b critized 4 everything he does! this book just coming out can maybe help people open their eyes & seeing 4 what he is.. doing everything in his power 2 restore our country back! i will ALWYAys support my PRESiDENT!

    September 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jim Brieske

    Veronica, you are not very smart. But I agree, our country does need to be "restored".
    It may require tanks on The White House front lawn but don't worry, I'm sure the two groups will work it out.
    I wonder who the General will be? Coups need one.
    jim

    September 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. scandor

    yeah lets restore the country back to the good ole days when only the wealthy and white where allowed to make laws and the rest of us where there to make them more money....this atavistic movement on the right will only lead us into darker day the only direction to go is foward or fail

    September 23, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply

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