Quote Of The Day

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Peak Into The "Afganistan Decision"

N.Y. Times:

'Mr. Obama had read 'Lessons in Disaster,' Gordon M. Goldstein's book on the Vietnam War. The book had become a must read in the West Wing after Mr. Emanuel had dinner over the summer at the house of another deputy national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, and wandered into his library to ask what he should be reading.

Among the conclusions that Mr. Donilon and the White House team drew from the book was that both President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson failed to question the underlying assumption about monolithic Communism and the domino theory - clearly driving the Obama advisers to rethink the nature of Al Qaeda and the Taliban.'