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Confront and Conceal by David E. Sanger - Excerpt

Confront and Conceal by David E. Sanger - Excerpt

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FROM INSIDE OBAMA’S SITUATION ROOM . . . THE CRITICAL MOMENTS IN THE COVERT WAR AGAINST IRAN, THE STRUGGLES TO DEAL WITH A RECALCITRANT PAKISTAN AND ITS FAST-GROWING NUCLEAR ARSENAL, THE TENSIONS WITH THE AMERICAN MILITARY OVER AFGHANISTAN AND WITH ALLIES SWEPT UP IN THE CHAOS OF THE ARAB SPRING

Three and a half years ago, David Sanger’s book The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power described how a new American president came to office with the world on fire. Now, just as the 2012 presidential election battle begins, Sanger follows up with an eye-opening, news-packed account of how Obama has dealt with those challenges, relying on innovative weapons and reconfigured tools of American power to try to manage a series of new threats. Sanger describes how Obama’s early idealism about fighting “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue and frustration, how the early hopes that the Arab Spring would bring about a democratic awakening slipped away, and how an effort to re-establish American power in the Pacific set the stage for a new era of tensions with the world’s great rising power, China.

As the world seeks to understand the contours of the Obama Doctrine, Confront and Conceal is a fascinating, unflinching account of these complex years, in which the president and his administration have found themselves struggling to stay ahead in a world where power is diffuse and America’s ability to exert control grows ever more elusive.

To read more about Confront and Conceal or David E. Sanger please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.
FROM INSIDE OBAMA’S SITUATION ROOM . . . THE CRITICAL MOMENTS IN THE COVERT WAR AGAINST IRAN, THE STRUGGLES TO DEAL WITH A RECALCITRANT PAKISTAN AND ITS FAST-GROWING NUCLEAR ARSENAL, THE TENSIONS WITH THE AMERICAN MILITARY OVER AFGHANISTAN AND WITH ALLIES SWEPT UP IN THE CHAOS OF THE ARAB SPRING

Three and a half years ago, David Sanger’s book The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power described how a new American president came to office with the world on fire. Now, just as the 2012 presidential election battle begins, Sanger follows up with an eye-opening, news-packed account of how Obama has dealt with those challenges, relying on innovative weapons and reconfigured tools of American power to try to manage a series of new threats. Sanger describes how Obama’s early idealism about fighting “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue and frustration, how the early hopes that the Arab Spring would bring about a democratic awakening slipped away, and how an effort to re-establish American power in the Pacific set the stage for a new era of tensions with the world’s great rising power, China.

As the world seeks to understand the contours of the Obama Doctrine, Confront and Conceal is a fascinating, unflinching account of these complex years, in which the president and his administration have found themselves struggling to stay ahead in a world where power is diffuse and America’s ability to exert control grows ever more elusive.

To read more about Confront and Conceal or David E. Sanger please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Published by: Crown Publishing Group on May 29, 2012
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Prologue
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.That was the mystifying, disturbing news rippling throughFort Meade, the headquarters of the National Security Agency,and across the Potomac at the CIA. Now, on a midsummer day in2010, Leon Panetta, the CIA director, and two men responsible foroverseeing the most sophisticated, complex cyberattack the UnitedStates had ever launched against an adversary descended the stepsinto the White House Situation Room to tell President Obama andhis national security team that something had gone badly awry. America’s most closely guarded covert operation targeting Iran’snuclear program—known to a small circle of officials by its codename, “Olympic Games”—was in jeopardy because of a careless er-ror. Suddenly the malicious software Americans and Israelis spentyears perfecting was being replicated across the Internet, and hack-ers had given it an ominous-sounding name: “Stuxnet.” The menknew they would face blistering questions in the Situation Room:Obama and his team would demand to know whether the mistakewas fatal to their carefully designed plan to undermine Iran’s abil-ity to produce nuclear fuel. The “worm” in question was a cyberworm, the product of years of cooperation between a small teamof computer warriors at Fort Meade and their counterparts, half a world away, inside a military intelligence agency that Israel barely acknowledges exists.For three years, Olympic Games had unfolded almost flaw-lessly. The Americans spent months devising the worm to strikedirectly at the tall, silvery centrifuges the Iranians were using to

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Another book on Obama's top secret's.
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porfavor enviar este documento en español GRACIAS
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Thanks for such a wonderful post http://bderm.com/
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Quisiera que lo envien en español. Gracias
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very couraging
Patricia McCauley added this note
Thanks, Mr. Sanger for writing this book. I don't like it but I prefer stopping their nuclear ambitions this way than attacking Iran and killing thousands upon thousands of innocent Iranians, who can't stop their government from doing things that they don't like, no more than I can stop my government from doing things I don't like (the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars, for instance).

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