Bob Woodward Book Details Obama Battles With Advisers Over Exit Plan for Afghan War By Steve Luxenberg Sept. 22 (Washington Post) -- President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes and documents cited in a new book by journalist Bob Woodward. Frustrated with his military commanders for consistently offering only options that required significantly more troops, Obama finally crafted his own strategy, dictating a classified six-page "terms sheet" that sought to limit U.S. involvement, Woodward reports in "Obama's Wars," to be released on Monday. According to Woodward's meeting-by-meeting, memo-by-memo account of the 2009 Afghan strategy review, the president avoided talk of victory as he described his objectives. "This needs to be a plan about how we're going to hand it
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Late last year President Barack Obama announced his plan to send an additional 30,000 American troops to fight in Afghanistan. In “ Obama’s Wars ” (I don’t know why the second word is plural), Bob Woodward shows how he and his advisers arrived at that decision.