President Obama’s advisers responsible for crafting a new strategy in Afghanistan were deeply divided and displayed a distrust for one another that bordered on personal resentment, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.
“Obama’s Wars” depicts the current administration’s efforts crafting the way forward in Afghanistan, but also the turmoil in Obama’s inner sanctum. Gen. David Petraeus described White House senior adviser David Axelrod as a “complete spin doctor;” Vice President Biden called veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke “the most egotistical bastard I’ve ever met.”
The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Tuesday night on excerpts of the book that had been released ahead of its publication, scheduled for next week.
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According to the Post, Obama spent the bulk of the exhaustive strategy sessions pressing for an exit strategy and resisting efforts to prolong and escalate the war.
“I’m not doing long-term nation-building. I am not spending a trillion dollars,” he reportedly told Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in October 2009.
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