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I can hardly wait for Bob Woodward's new book,"Obama's War," about how Afghanistan is dividing the White House.; it’s to be released sometime real soon... I'm glad this little information is being released by the New York Times and the Washington Post, while we're still engaged in Afghanistan. I hope a lot of people read it or made known of its contents, so voters can put pressure on their representatives to do the right thing. The White House and the people involved in the book are not the denying the contents of the book

According to a recent press release from the New York Times, Mr. Woodward describes an administration that was deeply torn over the war in Afghanistan. On one hand, you had the chief of staff Rahm Emanuel fighting with the national intelligent director, Dennis Blair because he thought Blair was shifting blame from himself to the administration. On the other hand, I don't really know what role the president's senior adviser, David Axelrod, had to do with strategy meetings but General Petraeus thought he was a spin doctor. I guess what we will be seeing on the evening news, is that Joe Biden thought that the special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke was the most egotistical bastard, he had ever met, but he goes onto say that he is the best man for the job. There were many more internal conflicts during those nine meetings before president Obama sent 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. I don't really know if this happens in every administration but what from what I've read; the Bush administration was not as open for disagreement. Everyone was on the same page or you weren't heard from. According to Newsweek's Jonathan Alter president Obama went around the room eliciting input from everyone. I guess that's how you get the conflict. I didn't know that General Petraeus was banned from the Sunday talk shows.

The book reveals that we have a 3,000 man "covert army" in Afghanistan called the Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams or C.T.P.T, mostly Afghans who captor and kill Taliban fighters and they try to enlist support in the tribal areas. The CIA has several militias but not the size of the C.T.P.T...Woodward describes these teams as elite, well-trained units that conduct highly sensitive covert operations into Pakistan as part of a stepped-up campaign against al-Qaeda and Afghan Taliban havens there.... Those that were concerned about our troops adhering to the rules of engagement, can rest assure C.T.P.T. does not follow those rules. This is how the initial attack of Afghanistan was handled to success. According to a CBS 60 minute segment, I watched, the CIA and the Afghans would make the neighboring tribal leaders an offer he could not resist by destroying a neighbor's house that resisted.

According to Mr. Woodward, the United States has intelligence that President Hamid Karzai has been diagnosed as having manic depression but he is supposed to be on medication.. We're trusting Karzai with billions of dollars and expect for him to have this country ready for our eventual departure?

President Obama assigned homework to advisers, so everyone would be on right page. The meetings made president Obama very angry because he thought the military commanders were trying to force him into a decision he was not comfortable with. To ensure that the pentagon did not reinterpret his decision, president Obama wrote them a six page single space " terms sheet" laying out his troop order and objectives. When Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina asked if the July 2011 deadline was firm. “I have to say that, Obama replied." I can't let this be a war without end, and I can't lose the whole Democratic Party. According to a Washington Post report, “Everything we're doing has to be focused on how we're going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint," Obama says in the book. "It's in our national security interest. There cannot be any wiggle room." He goes on to say that he will not be there 10 more years and spend a trillion dollars.