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America’s Secret Wars

With Jacki Lyden in for Tom Ashbrook.

A look at the Obama administration’s top secret battlefields — from the tribal areas of Pakistan to cyberspace.

The image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to obscure the details of a document in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at right with hand covering mouth, President Barack Obama, second from left, Vice President Joe Biden, left, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, right, and members of the national security team watch an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

The image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to obscure the details of a document in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at right with hand covering mouth, President Barack Obama, second from left, Vice President Joe Biden, left, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, right, and members of the national security team watch an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

America has engaged in two conventional wars in the last decade, Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, attacks come through cyberspace. It’s called Olympic Games, and it’s aimed at Iran.

President Obama runs it. Somebody leaked it. And Congress is hopping mad that we know anything about it.

Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger of the New York Times tells us what’s going on. Hackers, Commandoes, and Drone Strikes.

This hour, On Point: the front lines of Amercia’s Secret Wars.

-Jacki Lyden

Guests

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, and author of the new book Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.

From The Reading List

The New York Times “Is the United States at war with Iran? If David Sanger’s account in his new book, “Confront and Conceal,” on President Obama’s foreign policy, is to be believed — and I find it very believable — we certainly are.”

Los Angeles Times “The death of Abu Yahya al Libi is deemed a major blow to Al Qaeda. The Libyan gained notoriety for his escape from U.S. detention in Afghanistan in 2005.”

The New York Times “Not until after the Cuban Missile Crisis, 50 years ago this October, did a consensus emerge that the weapon was too terrible ever to employ again, save as a deterrent and a weapon of last resort.”

Excerpt

“Reprinted from the book Confront and Conceal by David Sanger. Copyright (c) 2012 by David Sanger. Published by Crown Trade, a division of Random House, Inc.”

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