A divided team
Clear factions formed during the lengthy strategy review sessions in the White House Situation Room during the fall of 2009. The military hierarchy stood resolutely behind adding 40,000 troops in Afghanistan. Opposition came from Vice President Biden and White House aides. President Obama wanted options that would do more to limit U.S. involvement and outline an exit plan.
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In the first of three adapted articles, President Obama challenges military leaders over the strategy in Afghanistan.
Adapted excerpts, photos, video interviews and news analysis related to the book's release.