Famed Washington journalist Bob Woodward's inside look at the Obama administration's debates about the war in Afghanistan contains shocking revelations, according to a preview in The New York Times.
Woodward's book shows intense infighting among President Obama's
national security team and the president himself reluctant to succumb to pressure from the Pentagon to send more troops.
According to the Times's account of Woodward's book, which is not set to be released until next week, Republican Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report Back to the future: Congress should look to past for Fintech going forward CNN to host town hall featuring John McCain, Lindsey Graham MORE (S.C.) asked Obama if his commitment to withdrawing troops in July 2011 was firm.
“I have to say that,” Obama said. “I can’t let this be a war without end, and I can’t lose the whole Democratic Party.”
The report also shares secretive glimpses into the CIA war in Afghanistan, including the revelations of a 3,000-man "Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams, or C.T.P.T., mostly Afghans who capture and kill Taliban fighters and seek support in tribal areas," according to the Times.
In addition to significant infighting among Obama's top defense and civilian officials, the Times piece shows tension between former National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
In another of the book's passages, as reported by the Times, Vice President Biden refers to Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, as “the most egotistical bastard I’ve ever met.”
A White House official did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill late Tuesday night, and the White House did not comment for The New York Times report.