Kill or Capture

Kill or Capture

The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency

eBook - 2012
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"Divulge[s] the details of top-level deliberations--details that were almost certainly known only to the administration's inner circle" ( The Wall Street Journal ).

When he was elected in 2008, Barack Obama had vowed to close Guantánamo, put an end to coercive interrogation and military tribunals, and restore American principles of justice. Yet by the end of his first term he had backtracked on each of these promises, ramping up the secret war of drone strikes and covert operations. Behind the scenes, wrenching debates between hawks and doves--those who would kill versus those who would capture--repeatedly tested the very core of the president's identity, leading many to wonder whether he was at heart an idealist or a ruthless pragmatist.

Digging deep into this period of recent history, investigative reporter Daniel Klaidman spoke to dozens of sources to piece together a riveting Washington story packed with revelations. As the president's inner circle debated secret programs, new legal frontiers, and the disjuncture between principles and down-and-dirty politics, Obama vacillated, sometimes lashed out, and spoke in lofty tones while approving a mounting toll of assassinations and kinetic-war operations. Klaidman's fly-on-the-wall reporting reveals who had his ear, how key national security decisions are really made, and whether or not President Obama lived up to the promise of candidate Obama.

"Fascinating . . . Lays bare the human dimension of the wrenching national security decisions that have to be made." --Tina Brown, NPR

"An important book." --Steve Coll, The New Yorker

Publisher: [United States] :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2012.
ISBN: 9780547547787
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Nov 17, 2012

But the Constitution is the rock upon which our nation rests. We must follow it not only when it is convenient, but when fear and danger beckon in a different direction.

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You and your men have our prayers and confidence.

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Some people are eels. They slither to where the power is. But it is the people who stick to their principles who can look themselves in the mirror.

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For God and Country -- Geronimo,Geronimo,Geronimo.


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