White House Lambastes Woodward

Denies book's claims; author unveils shocker on death teams
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2008 5:22 AM CDT
Bob Woodward's new book "The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008".    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The White House has angrily rejected Bob Woodward's claim that the administration was riven by dissent ahead of the surge in Iraq, CNN reports. Woodward wrote in his new book that President Bush pushed troop levels past the Joint Chiefs, ignoring their worries about over-extending the military. The War Within went on sale yesterday.

Woodward, meanwhile, discussed another book bombshell that violence was reduced in Iraq largely by a secret US-led killing operation targeting insurgent leaders. "It is a wonderful example of American ingenuity," Woodward told Larry King yesterday. He refused to discuss further details of the program because to do so would "get people killed," Woodward said.