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Obama, Gates, and the Afghanistan Troop Surge

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In his new memoir to be released next week, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has sharp criticisms for President Obama – including over the Afghanistan troop surge. Obama “doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his,” Gates writes. We look back in the Washington Week Vault to September 2009 during the debate over sending more troops to Afghanistan. As ABC’s Martha Raddatz reported at the time, there were “tribes breaking up within the White House” over whether to send more troops.

November 22, 2013

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Why Democrats decided to exercise the “nuclear option”; a tentative deal with the Afghan government over U.S. troops in Afghanistan through 2024; the Senate debate over military sexual assaults; and JFK’s accomplishments and legacy. Joining Gwen: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; James Kitfield, National Journal; Susan Davis, USA Today, and Michael Duffy, Time Magazine.

January 11, 2013

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Obama's second-term cabinet continues to take shape with three new members nominated to his national security and economic teams. The White House considers legislation to curb gun violence. Obama and Karzai agree to speed up Afghan military transition. Joining Gwen: Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; James Kitfield, National Journal; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Christi Parsons, Tribune News.

 

Tonight on Washington Week: A Look Back at 2012

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After a tough re-election, we take a look at the challenges President Obama will face in his second term [Photo: CNN].

December 28, 2012

On the eve of a new year and the start of President Obama’s second term, we will pause to examine the significant news stories of 2012 including prickly partisan politics, a turbulent and tight presidential race, and international conflicts that are reshaping U.S. foreign policy.

In Sign of Normalization, Pentagon to Reimburse Pakistan $688 Million

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The Pentagon quietly notified Congress this month that it would reimburse Pakistan nearly $700 million for the cost of stationing 140,000 troops on the border with Afghanistan, an effort to normalize support for the Pakistani military after nearly two years of crises and mutual retaliation.

The Backstory: The Untold Military Stories

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Martha Raddatz, ABC News' Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, discusses the military stories that have been overlooked during her time covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These include the stresses on the generals, the post-deployment crises, like rising suicide and divorce rates, and the waning interest of the American people in the wars.

 

Scandals remind us generals are not infallible [audio]

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The investigation that forced the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has ensnared Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The two cases raise questions about the relationship between top officers and their civilian boss. It can be awkward but on occasion the president must disregard the counsel of military commanders.

Afghanistan troop surge ends at tumultuous point

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Afghan policeman kills U.S. service member on joint patrol

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A U.S. service member was killed in southern Afghanistan today on a patrol with Afghan security forces when one of the Afghans turned his weapon on the Americans, the latest in a rash of what the ISAF is now calling “insider” attacks on American troops.

Romney Goes After Obama On Alleged Leaking Of Secrets

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The latest national security issue to figure in the presidential campaign has little to do with Iran, Afghanistan or other foreign policy challenges. Mitt Romney is instead focusing on what he and other Republicans allege is the Obama administration's record of leaking classified information for political purposes.