Woodward speaks on Obama’s War at GU
Woodward was at Georgetown to discuss his recent book, Obama’s War.
In the book, Woodward tries to determine what exactly Obama thought about the war in Afghanistan. He concluded that Obama opposes the war, and that he wants to rechannel resources to domestic issues. He ultimately described Obama as a “divided man,” who must lead his country through a war he fundamentally hates.
Woodward explained that sometimes knowing the actual truth is impossible. While interviewing President George W. Bush for his book Plan of Attack, Woodward asked Bush how history would judge the Iraq War. The response he received would later be called fatalist and unbecoming of a president by Hillary Clinton. Bush said “History? We won’t know. We’ll all be dead.”
Woodward described his experiences with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, explaining that Rumsfeld’s memoirs try to push blame for the war on to others. Woodward recalled a 2002 interview with Rumsfeld in which he made comments stricken from the record that show a different side of the story.
Woodward also provided his own opinion into issues plaguing the world. Government secrecy, he insisted, “will do us in.” He explained that the habits of unnecessary secrecy and the tendency of the White House to “think [they’ve] got the power” damage our country.
As a final word of warning, Woodward reminded the crowd that “democracies die in darkness.”
Photo: Max Blodgett