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The Woodward Way of War

It's not who wins, it's how you make the decisions.

Sep 22, 2008, Vol. 14, No. 02 • By PETER WEHNER
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What President Bush did in advocating the surge was an extraordinary act of presidential leadership, with few precedents in American history. It doesn't erase the many mistakes and missteps that were made along the way. It doesn't mean the process of decision making was tidy. The human and financial cost of the war has been higher than it should have been. But to have put us in position to redeem a war that was widely considered to be lost is an impressive and honorable achievement. History will deem it such, even if Bob Woodward won't.

Peter Wehner, former deputy assistant to President Bush, is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.