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beachmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:18 PM
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John Kerry answers what his favorite political book was this year
http://www.politico.com/arena/perm/John_Kerry_0A974704-...

Bob Woodwards The War Within. Amazing piece of reporting on Iraq and the surge. Boggled my mind to see how much access Woodward was given and how much highly classified information he hadincluding decision memos to and from the President, for heavens sake! Fascinating to read how the President played the players against each other to reach his goal of putting the surge in place. It would be a good read for the President-Elect as an example of how much internecine warfare occurs in a White House, and given the strong willed personalities in his, the Obama White House will not be an exception.


Interesting.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:01 PM
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1. That is interesting
The funny thing is that it may mean that Woodward saw more highly classified information than Kerry and other Senators. It is interesting that Kerry says the President played them against each other - so many people speak as though Cheney or Rumsfeld Etc caused everything and Bush was just there. They let Bush off the hook - Kerry doesn't.

It is interesting that he suggested that Obama read it.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:07 PM
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2. i also like it that Kerry isn't just responding to what was an enjoyable read
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 09:08 PM by JI7
but rather what he learned from the book itself. it wasn't just whether woodward wrote a good book, but what he got from what woodward wrote and connected it to just overall politics of this administration.

i haven't liked woodward ever since that earlier book he wrote and how he seemed pro bush but i might read this book to try to understand what Kerry is talking about.
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 09:55 PM
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3. The good Senator also advised someone to read
"The Forever War" by New York Times Iraq War correspondent Dexter Filkins. He said that it was a very good explanation of Afghanistan, among other things.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/books/review/Stone-t....

Long excerpt from the book: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/magazine/24filkins-t....
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MBS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 06:58 AM
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4. he mentioned that one in the Cambridge forum n/t
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:55 AM
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5. Snerk. JK is a wise (and clever) man. nt
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