Opinion

Woodward’s most troubling revelation

Cesar Conda Contributor

Excerpts from Bob Woodward’s new book “Obama’s Wars” focusing on President Obama’s decision-making on the war in Afghanistan describe infighting and disagreements among the President’s advisors, all of which are standard fare for every White House.

But the most troubling and quite frankly, shocking revelation in Woodward’s book is that the President said: “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever … we absorbed it and we are stronger.”

All true, I suppose.  And to be fair to Obama, all presidents have to think about the unthinkable.  But to have the commander-in-chief talk so clinically about “absorbing” another Sept. 11 mass casualty attack on American soil doesn’t inspire confidence in his administration’s efforts to prevent one from happening.

Cesar Conda is a Founding Principal and Executive Committee Member of Navigators Global LLC, a bipartisan government relations and strategic communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York and London.