President Obama's administration came to office with the world on fire. Confront and Conceal is the story of how, in his first term, Obama secretly used the most innovative weapons and tools of American power, including our most sophisticated—and still unacknowledged—arsenal of cyberweapons, aimed at Iran's nuclear program.
Washington and the world were rocked by Confront and Conceal, which goes deep into the Situation Room as Obama questions whether this new weapon can slow Iran and avoid a war—or whether it will create blowback, as the Iranians and others retaliate with cyberattacks on the United States. It describes how the bin Laden raid worsened the dysfunctional relationship with Pakistan, and how Obama's early idealism about fighting a "war of necessity" in Afghanistan quickly turned to fatigue, frustration, and now withdrawal. As the world seeks to understand how Obama will cope with nationalistic leaders in Beijing, a North Korea bent on developing a nuclear weapon that can reach American shores, and an Arab world where promising revolutions turned to chaos, Confront and Conceal—with an updated epilogue for this paperback edition—provides an unflinching account of these complex years of presidential struggle, in which America's ability to exert control grows ever more elusive.
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Table of Contents
Part I Afghanistan and Pakistan: The Curse of Unfinished Business
Chapter 1 Blowing Smoke 3
Chapter 2 "Afghan Good Enough" 15
Chapter 3 The Bomb Scare 58
Chapter 4 Getting bin Laden, Losing Pakistan 68
Chapter 5 The Long Game: Getting Out, Without Really Leaving 114
Part II Iran: The Zone of Immunity
Chapter 6 The Secret War 141
Chapter 7 "Cut Off the Head of the Snake" 152
Chapter 8 Olympic Games 188
Chapter 9 "The Land of Lousy Options" 226
Part III Drones and Cyber: The Remote-Control War
Chapter 10 The Dark Side of the Light Footprint 243
Part IV Arab Spring: The Revolts, and the Rise of the Brotherhood
Chapter 11 "You Sold Out the Revolution" 273
Chapter 12 Searching for the "Right Side of History" 277
Chapter 13 The Riddle of the Brotherhood 304
Chapter 14 What Works Once Doesn't Always Work Twice 335
Part V China and North Korea: The Rebalancing
Chapter 15 Restraining the Tiger, Containing the Kims 369
A Note on Sources 435