The NYT “obtained” an embargoed copy of Bob Woodward’s OBAMA’S WARS in advance of next week’s release–and serialization in the Washington Post. The Times leads with the theme that some of President Obama’s national security team has doubted his Afghanistan strategy and “spent much of the last 20 months quarreling with one another over policy, personalities and turf.”
The Post followed with their own story, emphasizing even more explicitly than the Times that Obama wanted “to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan” rather than triple troop levels, “repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him.”
The release in multiple territories this week of Ingrid Betancourt’s EVEN SILENCE HAS AN END has launched stories with a variety of angle. The CSM says that some Colombians remain “outraged” over Betancourt’s seeking of over $6 million in damages from the government this summer (the effort was then withdrawn) and will boycott the book–yet the manager of LibrerÃa Nacional chain says the book is well written and selling quickly.
Separately, her estranged second husband has gone to court seeking to freeze her assets and claim half of her money, including royalties.