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A splendid and courageous new book describes with lucidity the degree to which the power of the American presidency over war and peace has been weakened in our day, and, in important respects, superseded.

Woodward Says Obama Advisers Doubted Afghan Strategy

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According to Bob Woodward's latest White House investigation, President Obama's advisers disagreed vehemently about how to proceed in Afghanistan and some, including special envoy to the region Richard Holbrooke, expressed doubts that the new strategy would work.

A New Season in Military Fashions

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"Transformation" is the new military buzzword, meaning reorienting the military institution for "the complex insurgencies" that "planners say will dominate the 21st century." Robert Gates, the U.S. secretary of defense, was quoted as saying that Afghanistan provides the "laboratory" for this change.

There's Nothing Surgical About Cluster Bombs

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The globalist militarism that remains the dominant force among the American policy class in Washington (Democrats prominently involved) now has its members talking to the press about its new use of "the scalpel" rather than "the hammer."

Shifting War Strategy Smacks of Desperation

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The first decision made by Gen. David Petraeus as commandant of international forces in Afghanistan has been to abandon the policy he himself drafted in order to win the war and rebuild Afghan stability and government.

Petraeus Rule Changes Could Mean More Dead Civilians

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Gen. David Petraeus has hinted that he might rethink the rules of engagement now that he's in charge of the war in Afghanistan. The current rules, ushered in by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, were designed to reduce civilian casualties but have proved unpopular with the rank and file. Afghan civilians, who already avoid contact with U.S. military, are worried.

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