Part 1: Dissension

Doubt, Distrust, Delay

As violence and U.S. casualties skyrocketed in the summer of 2006, Bush acknowledged to himself what he didn't publicly: The war had taken a perilous turn. After months of delay, Bush approved a secret war review in October 2006.
» By Bob Woodward
This series was adapted from "The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008" by Bob Woodward. Simon & Schuster © 2008
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Transcript: Bob Woodward Q&A The journalist and author answered questions about "The War Within."
Part 2: Rift
Military Chiefs Outmaneuvered By fall 2006, the Joint Chiefs of Staff were badly out of sync with the White House. As Bush leaned toward a troop surge, the generals feared the armed forces were already stretched to a breaking point.
Part 3: The Shadow General
'You're Not Accountable, Jack' By late summer of 2007, retired Army Gen. Jack Keane had established an unusual back-channel relationship with the White House, a kind of shadow general advising the administration on Iraq.
Part 4: Inheritance
A Man Defined by His Wars Seven years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that redefined his presidency, President George W. Bush remains a man of few doubts, still following his gut, convinced that the paths he chose in Afghanistan and Iraq were right. But in important ways, he is a different man entirely.
President Bush after a monthlong retreat at his Crawford, Tex., ranch in August 2001, and speaking before the National Defense University at Ft. McNair this week. On Sept. 9, Bush announced plans to withdraw 8,000 troops from Iraq by February 2009. (Robert A. Reeder/Washington Post, Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty)
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Key Players: The War Within
Key Players
The War Within A guide to the various points of view surrounding President Bush's surge plan.
Audio: On the Record
On the Record Excerpts from Bob Woodward's Oval Office interviews with President George W. Bush, May 2008.
Road to the Surge
The Road to the Surge A guide to key events and measures of violence in the Iraq war, before and after implementation of the surge.
More Books by Woodward
Bush at War
Bush at War, 2003
President Bush's response to the September 11 attacks and preparation for war in Iraq.
Plan of Attack
Plan of Attack, 2004
A behind-the-scenes account of how and why President Bush decided to go to war against Iraq.
State of Denial
State of Denial, 2006
An account of internal White House doubts, at odds with Bush's public optimism over Iraq.
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