February 1, 2016

Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency

C-SPAN: Book Discussion on Power Wars (January 5, 2016).

Video Title: Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency. Source: wwwMOXNEWScom. Date Published: February 1, 2016. Description: 
Charlie Savage talked about his book Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency, in which he argues that President Obama, who came into office saying that he would turn back the excesses of the Bush administration, has actually just picked up where President Bush left off.
"Nearly all books on national security policy are either about the facts or the law, but not about both. Virtually no one has the real life sources to know what's really happening and also the legal knowledge to put what's happening into a legal framework. In this regard, Charlie Savage is unique. And he has written a unique book that combines deep, behind-the-scenes reportage with lucid legal analysis. A hundred years from now, I believe that 'Power Wars' will be the first book that legal historians pick up in trying to understand the Obama administration's national security policy.

The great significance of this book, in my reading of it, lies in the massive documentation of the dominance of the permanent security state, as Charlie has just referred to it. Its influence is often subtle and almost always behind the scenes, but it is nonetheless pervasive in the Obama administration every bit as it was in the Bush administration." - Professor Michael J. Glennon.