Massie ponders Woodward's slant. Serwer thinks that Woodward "gives everyone the Obama they were looking for": 

I'm unsure how this changes the political dynamic on the war, since it mostly confirms what most people skeptical of the war already thought. We're still left with liberals who see the war as no longer worth fighting and a right that, whether it does or not, will sense a political advantage in portraying Obama as too weak to commit to getting the job done. The big difference is that the presidents' critics on both sides will have more ammunition than ever--we'll see whether it matters that the American people are as ambivalent and exasperated about the war as the president himself.

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