This is the 3rd "war book" Woodward has written.
Book 1: "The Commanders" which covered the first Gulf War. Anyone reading that book would be impressed with Bush I and his team. It set Woodward as a writer who was working hard to present the facts in a clear manner.
Book 2: "The War Within", dealt with Bush II. It presented the same level of research and verification as the first book, was as clear in presenting the fats as the first and was the most insightful writing i've read on that era. The War Within, however, was brutal on the White House & Defense Department. If I had not read the first book I would be concerned about Woodward's effort in writing this one.
Book 3" "Obama's Wars". The excerpt is interesting enough for me to buy the 3 Woodward War book. Like the first two there is an informed focus on the White House and the Defense Department.
At critical points in the review, the ghosts of Vietnam hovered. Some participants openly worried that they were on the verge of replaying that history, allowing the military to dictate the force levels. While Obama sought to build an exit plan into the strategy, the military leadership stuck to its open-ended proposal, which the Office of Management and Budget estimated would cost $889 billion over a decade. Obama brought the OMB memo to one meeting and said the expense was "not in the national interest."
And there is our challenge for Afghanistan. If we leave we give a trillion dollars worth of natural resources to the terrorists within a relatively brief time period and will pay a huge price later. If we stay we need to understand that the terrorists are willing to think in terms of decades, which is not a cost we may be willing to accept as a country.