Matthew 12:25

It took a while, but I finally got around to getting my hands on this, the last in Woodward’s series of books on the Bush Administration.  Woodward is generally on form for the most part, though his assertion of Cheney as always having a muted influence is inconsistent with how the latter was portrayed in Plan of Attack and Bush at War. The book makes not so much a scathing indictment of Bush’s tenure as damning it wiith faint praise. It’s unbelievable that Afghanistan narys a mention (except through Bill Clinton’s testimony to the Iraq Study Group), but then, this after all is a book about the Iraq years, which saw the energies of the Adminstration totally focused on Iraq as the situation in Afghanistan deteriorated. One can only hope The Surge, Part Deux will be as successful as its progenitor.


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