Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power

By David E Sanger
-This astonishingly revealing insider's account of the Obama administration's foreign policy process is a triumph.- --Foreign Affairs

President Obama's administration came to office with the world on fire. Confront and Conceal is the story of how, in his first term, Obama secretly used the most innovative weapons and tools of American power, including our most sophisticated--and still unacknowledged--arsenal of cyberweapons, aimed at Iran's nuclear program.
Washington and the world were rocked by Confront and Conceal, which goes deep into the Situation Room as Obama questions whether this new weapon can slow Iran and avoid a war--or whether it will create blowback, as the Iranians and others retaliate with cyberattacks on the United States. It describes how the bin Laden raid worsened the dysfunctional relationship with Pakistan, and how Obama's early idealism about fighting a -war of necessity- in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue, frustration, and now withdrawal. As the world seeks to understand how Obama will cope with nationalistic leaders in Beijing, a North Korea bent on developing a nuclear weapon that can reach American shores, and an Arab world where promising revolutions turned to chaos, Confront and Conceal--with an updated epilogue for this paperback edition--provides an unflinching account of these complex years of presidential struggle, in which America's ability to exert control grows ever more elusive.


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-A must-read for policy wonks and a good primer on how American power works beyond our borders.- --Kirkus -Penetrating history of the presiden'ts effort to grapple with a world in flux...- --New York Times -Sanger is one of the leading national security reporters in the United States, and this astonishingly revealing insider's account of the Obama administration's foreign policy process is a triumph of the genre.'' --Foreign Affairs -Meticulously reported, immensely readable...- --The Washington Post



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Publisher Broadway Books
Publish date 04/23/2013
Pages 420
ISBN-13 9780307718037
ISBN-10 0307718034
Language English

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