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"Obama at the Precipice", By FRANK RICH, September 27, 2009:  ... the new "must-read book" for President Obama’s war team is " Lessons in Disaster" by Gordon M. Goldstein, a foreign-policy scholar who had collaborated with McGeorge Bundy, the Kennedy-Johnson national security adviser, on writing ... about his role as an architect of the Vietnam War.

"Lessons in Disaster" caused only a modest stir when published in November, but The Times Book Review cheered it as "an extraordinary cautionary tale for all Americans." The reviewer was, of all people, the diplomat Richard Holbrooke, whose career began in Vietnam and who would later be charged with the Afghanistan-Pakistan crisis by the new Obama administration.


"Afghanistan’s Other Front", By JOSEPH KEARNS GOODWIN, New York Times, September 15, 2009

"The Hard and Bitter Truth", By BOB HERBERT, New York Times, September 21, 2009                        President Obama is in the uncomfortable position of staring reality in the face in Afghanistan. Reality is not blinking.

Gates Stresses Privacy in Chain of Command, By DAVID STOUT, October 5, 2009
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates appeared to subtly rebuke America’s top commander in Afghanistan, “I believe ... it is important that we take our time to do all we can to get this right, ... And in this process,” Mr. Gates went on, “it is imperative that all of us taking part in these deliberations — civilians and military alike — provide our best advice to the president candidly but privately.”  

Former Sec. Rice on Afghanistan



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