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Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency

by Daniel Klaidman

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Much of the narrative involves White House lawyers constructing elaborate rationales and circumstances under which the president can order triggers pulled or bombs dropped in countries with which we are not at war. State Department legal adviser Harold Koh, for example, "developed a theory of 'uniqueness versus fungibility'" in deciding who to kill.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0547547897, Hardcover)

Is Barack Obama an idealist or a ruthless pragmatist? He vowed to close Guantánamo, put an end to coercive interrogation and military tribunals, and restore American principles of justice, yet in his first term he has backtracked on each of these promises, ramping up the secret war of drone strikes and covert operations. Behind the scenes, wrenching debates between hawks and doves—those who would kill versus those who would capture—have repeatedly tested the very core of the president’s identity.

Top investigative reporter Dan Klaidman has spoken to dozens of sources to piece together a riveting Washington story packed with revelations. As the president’s inner circle debated secret programs, new legal frontiers, and the disjuncture between principles and down-and-dirty politics, Obama vacillated, sometimes lashed out, and spoke in lofty tones while approving a mounting toll of assassinations and kinetic-war operations. Klaidman’s fly-on-the-wall reporting reveals who has his ear, how key national security decisions are really made, and whether or not President Obama has lived up to the promise of candidate Obama. Readers making up their minds about him during the 2012 election year will turn to Kill or Capture to decide.

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Is Barack Obama an idealist or a ruthless pragmatist? He vowed to close Guantánamo, put an end to coercive interrogation, and restore American principles of justice, yet in his first term he has backtracked on each of these promises, ramping up the secret war of drone strikes and covert operations. Behind the scenes, wrenching debates between hawks and doves--those who would kill versus those who would capture--have repeatedly tested the president. Investigative reporter Dan Klaidman has spoken to dozens of sources to piece together a Washington story packed with revelations. As the president's inner circle debated secret programs, new legal frontiers, and the disjuncture between principles and down-and-dirty politics, Obama vacillated, sometimes lashed out, and spoke in lofty tones while approving a mounting toll of assassinations and kinetic-war operations. Klaidman reveals who has Obama's ear, how key national security decisions are really made, and whether or not President Obama has lived up to the promise of candidate Obama.--From publisher description.… (more)

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