New Woodward Book: 'The War Within'
Bob Woodward's newest book examining the Bush White House will be excerpted in The Post in a four-part series beginning Sunday. Like his earlier books on the Bush Administration, the release of "The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008," has prompted news organizations to scramble for early copies to be the first to publish any revelations.
In his fourth book on Bush, Woodward reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and others in his government have been the subject of extensive U.S. spying operations, and that new techniques allowing the United States to find and kill insurgent leaders, not primarily the surge in troops, led to the drop in violence in Iraq.
The book is scheduled for release Monday; The Post reported on it today after Fox News obtained a copy and published a story on its website last night.
In his earlier books and reporting, Woodward has delved into the internal workings of the Bush White House, often portraying a deeply divided administration.
The most recent book is based on more than 150 interviews and two on-the-record meetings with Bush in May. Woodward does not disclose the details of the intelligence operations that allowed the targeting of insurgent leaders, reporting that administration officials asked him to withhold specifics because of national security concerns.
Woodward reports that the president was oddly detached from the review of war policy, turning over much of the process to his national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley.
"Let's cut to the chase," Bush told Woodward. "Hadley drove a lot of this."
The early takes on Woodward's fourth installment on Bush suggest that it presents a mixed assessment of Bush's performance. Volumes one and two were considered to be positive, and volume three to be harshly critical.
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