The New York Times was able to obtain quotes from the book, and they are damning. The NYT suggests that the war in Afghanistan "divided" the Obama Administration and lead to arguments amongst the higher-ups.
In the excerpts, President Obama himself erupts in anger over the Afghan war. When asked about sending in 4,500 more troops to save lives, the President got angry, yelling, "I’m done doing this!" The President's decision to end Afghan war in 2011 is also shown as a political move. Speaking about why he decided he cannot push back the 2011 withdrawal date, the President stated that he wanted to keep his liberal support. “I can’t let this be a war without end, and I can’t lose the whole Democratic Party,” the President said.
The anger does not stop at the top. In a heated conversation about Richard Holbrooke, the administration’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Vice President Joe Biden called him "the most egotistical bastard I've ever met."
Why would Biden say such a thing? Because, according to Holbrooke, President Obama's strategy in Afghanistan "can't work." Furthering the discontent inside the White House was Lt. General Douglas Lute, who said that Obama's decisions did not "add up."
Obviously, these quotes show an entirely different light than the Obama Administration was hoping for.
With the book coming in just a few days, and these fireworks already going off, it will be very interesting to see what the rest has to say.
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